I would say “listen” and “ask questions”. Too many times new employees want to make an impression or show how they are going to change the world now that they are there. This fire hose effect tends to create rifts in the new organization. It should be a partnership where both parties are learning about each other. I also know that many times new employees don’t want to appear “stupid” or “ignorant” thus they don’t ask questions. The first few months are a good honeymoon stage to ask all kinds of questions about how the organization works, who are the customers, what are the challenges. Usually these questions spur great discussion where the new employee and the current employees can create solutions together using both a new and known perspective.
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