2020 was a year of layoffs and unemployment owning to the pandemic. With everyone trying to getting back on their feet again, adapting to a new job is more important than ever.
Research suggests that 46% of new hires hit rock bottom in their new jobs within 18 months. The reasons may vary from disciplinary action to a negative performance review.
To help yourself adapt to a new company, you should begin by learning everything you can about the new company.
How do department managers coordinate with each other?
What is the company culture?
What is the company history, competitors, and latest trends in the industry?
What kind of ideas does the company pitch? Is it something that you can see yourself doing in the future?
Ask yourself these questions again and again till you get definite answers.
Research suggests that it is not a lack of compatibility rather than difficulty accepting and implementing feedback that proved the downfall of new employees.
One of the significant challenges that new employees face is to understand the dynamic of how your colleagues and manager work together.
Why do new hires fail to adjust to a new company?
One of the primary reasons that new employees quit is because they feel that they’re not getting heard.
Perhaps you’re the new employee with a lot of enthusiasm; you can foresee a multitude of opportunities for improvement.
Although your enthusiasm is admirable, we suggest you take a pause. Before you begin pitching for ideas, make sure that you love your idea.
In order to implement the ideas that you love, you have to make your team love the idea just as much. Develop a strong case that supports and sells your ideas.
If you don’t take a pause, you will end up going the wrong way, and you will have a cold shoulder. Even worse, you may earn a reputation for not adapting to the company’s culture; it could eleven have long-lasting implications on your success.
When you’re new to the team, selling your ideas takes a strategic mindset, which you may overlook in the rush of excitement or pressure to get immediate results.
When you’re immersed in your idea fully and have strong influential skills, don’t stop at ‘no,’ be persistent, and have patience.
You must be willing to take feedback to revise your plan.
Here are six ways that you might want to consider while pitching your plan –
1 – Know your idea, before selling it
Even though this sounds very obvious, you often don’t pay enough attention to it.
It’s one thing to have a rush of inspiration and the other to have an idea that you’ve thought about – pros, cons, implementation, and feasibility.
When you think about your idea in detail, it becomes easier to communicate and support.
It would be best if you researched all the possibilities around your idea. And that includes considering everything that could wrong if the idea came into effect.
Before you try to get others to do what you want, become the expert and know the pros and cons to address any pushback that you might experience.
One way to be successful is to get a friend and tell them your idea in short. They can give you honest feedback and even might ask questions about your statement.
You will have to put in efforts into clarifying your idea and making them understand the potential.
If they don’t get your idea, then you’ll have a sense of what you need to think about through a bit more.
This way, you can test your idea and practice your pitch in front of a test audience.
2 – Know your audience, whom you’re selling it
Coming up with a generic pitch and walking to the conference room is something that anyone can pull off.
Instead, you need to know who your audience is and how they will react to your idea.
Even if you know the people you’re pitching your idea to, you must get a more profound sense of their personality and tendencies.
For instance, if your manager tends to be detailed and analytical, you will need a lot of analysis to back up your idea.
It would help if you gave them a sense of how your idea will help them achieve organizational goals.
3 – Have patience, It’s important
If you’re a leader, you probably have many constituencies to nurture and communicate with.
A new idea that requires a shift from the status quo will definitely need you to have a lot of patience.
Curb your excitement and acknowledge the fact that everyone is on a journey to incorporate the change.
It is possible that when you’re ready to roll, others may not be ready to be on board with you just yet.
In the moment of frustration, take a deep breath and wait for the opportunity to play your best shot.
4 – Make it easy, Simplest stuff have best selling history
If you get others to believe in your idea, they still may be apprehensive to take the steps ahead to make it happen.
To make sure that your idea doesn’t get rejected because it seems impossible to implement, make sure that you keep the barrier to entry of your idea as low as you can.
This involves a lot of pre-planning and anticipating their concerns or needs from you.
For instance, if you think that the idea you’re presenting might need approval from the boss, make sure to have a pre-written mail that could be used to pitch your idea.
Or you may come up with an idea where you have the framework of how to allocate the work, give a fair sense of what the extra load will look like.
5 – Gain support, supports will make easy to sell your idea
Another way to sell your idea is to get support for an idea even before it is pitched.
There is no such rigid rule that your idea should be completely new to everyone.
Instead, it is better when you’re going to a presentation, and others know what’s coming their way. This way, they’ll be supportive of your idea.
Ask for feedback from your seniors and colleagues on early versions of your idea.
They will feel involved, and you will also feel valued and respected in your organization.
Or, you may get some great suggestions from them to strengthen your idea.
6 – Figure Out The Aspect of ‘So What’?
Whenever you’re pitching your idea, ask yourself questions like ‘So what? No what?’.
This helps you make sure that you have clearly explained your idea and have made a very clear ask about what will happen next.
Even if they love your idea, make sure you let them know what you need from them, or even just confirm that their idea is good.
Give them the understanding to care about your idea, and thus, you will be able to get support from your colleagues and managers.
Even if you’re 100% sure about your idea, you need to be willing to accept defeat but not in the long run. If you still believe that your idea is worth pursuing, go back to the board and try again.
Obviously, not every idea will get off the ground. But if you’ve done your research and come up with a good plan.
Be focused on selling your idea the right way to your audience, and you’ll definitely get the opportunity to implement your idea.
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