First Week at Work: Strategy to Wow from the Start
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

If you’re the new kid on the block in your company, it’s good to start off on the right foot. But how do you do that? It starts by knowing the right strategy to gain advocates and create winning results. Here’s how:

Learn the 16 Myers-Briggs personality profiles. This can win you major career psyche points at work. Myers-Briggs is a popular form of psychometric type indicator (MBTI) based on different personality types. It’s how some recruiters whittle out applicants and get their preferred choice through the door to second interviews. And it’s how some managers build a balanced team.

There are 16 personality types formed from the following mix: extrovert, introvert, thinking, feeling, judging, perceiving, sensing and intuition. It’s worth investing in an introductory copy of a Myers Briggs manual to dissect which type belongs to each of your colleagues so you can effectively “speak” their mental language.

Stand up to bullies by providing solutions to the problems they cause. Soon enough you’ll figure out which particular coworkers will moan and gossip or use passive-aggressive methods to deal with work projects, requests or management issues. These negative behaviors tend to quickly spread dissent and make new and established employees feel uneasy and unhappy. The lesson here is to choose your allies and nemeses wisely.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.