Q: I’m a new hire at a biotechnology firm. I recently heard through a co-worker that our boss finds me lacking in self-motivation. I can understand his concern, since I’m new and still undergoing training. Before I can actively participate in any research, I have to perfect the practice protocols to show I’m ready to perform them on actual patient samples. This leaves me with a little more down time at the office because I’m having to work around my teammates’ schedules, and work spaces are limited. What can I do to show that I’m excited to be working here, and how can I get my boss to not think of me as a slacker? A: You know the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression”? Well, your “first impression” train is about to pull out of the station while you’re enjoying your down time. Here are some onboarding tips to make yourself (1) visible and (2) useful but (3) not a nuisance while you get up to speed. Help people help you help them. If you see senior colleagues handling basic manual or administrative tasks, don’t wait to be asked — offer to… Read full this story
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