First Month Integration and Engagement
You should be feeling more comfortable by now and ready to take on more responsibility - show eagerness to demonstrate your ability to deliver on assigned goals. Continue introducing yourself to and building rapport with colleagues and peers across all levels to better understand the organization culture. You should feel well introduced to the system and integrated as part of the team.
Here are some suggestions on how to advance your integration and engagement at the workplace during the first months including points to discuss with your supervisor at the end of the first month.
- Also consult the Host Entity on their performance evaluation process, criteria and evaluation form (if different) that will be used to evaluate performance.
Tip: Seize opportunities to share ideas. The longer you wait, the faster you will forget transferable knowledge and skills from previous assignment.
Tip: Prioritizing your well-being is vital to learning, working and overcoming challenges effectively. Discuss work-life balance initiatives with your Host Entity.
- Key deliverables and priorities - What is most important to the Host Entity
- Key resource persons and stakeholders
- Access to systems, tools, and resources.
- Foreseeable challenges you may encounter and how to overcome them.
- Referring to your work-plan and professional goals.
- Working backwards from your goals and create a skills acquisition list (learning needs).
- Identifying the benefits to yourself and the workplace.
- Identifying potential opportunities for Host Entity specific training and learning including face-to-face training, online platforms, job-shadowing, coaching, mentoring and peer learning.
- Making use of UNV learning programmes to identify and complete relevant eCourses.
- Discussing how to apply acquired knowledge and skills to work.
Tip: By nature, learning by doing and through day-to-day experience is tacit (silent). You should make a conscious effort to regularly reflect on your experiences to make learning tangible and explicit. This process helps to retain, apply and foster new skills and competencies, thereby contributing to your performance, and personal and professional development.