Last Updated May 26, 2010 2:39 PM EDT
Here is a great list devised by Michael Watkins, Chairman of Genesis Advisers and author of The First 90 Days and Your Next Move.
- Business Orientation. Company values, customers and how work gets done.
- Expectations Alignment. How performance will be evaluated.
- Political Connection. Who has the juice, and why?
- Cultural Adaptation. Is it OK to be a few minutes late to a meeting? Are PowerPoints considered crucial to meeting success?
The Watkins observations are included in an HBR.org blog by Amy Gallo called Get Immediate Value from Your New Hire.
What do you think are the most important things a new hire must learn in the first few months of work to make them effective? Have managers steered you wrong on your first days of a new job?