I recently watched a video by Gary Vee about not staying in a job for several years when you recognize that it might not be a good fit within a short time frame. Gary argues that staying in a job you hate to make your resume look better isn’t a good idea. But are the first 90 days (or less) enough time to assess a new payroll or HR job?
Consider the following four categories when evaluating your new HR or payroll role:
Was your onboarding and training effective? Everyone learns and absorbs information in different ways. Some people are visual, some are more analytical, so the company’s “standard” training program may not be the right method for you. If you feel that your HR or payroll onboarding was insufficient, take a moment to analyze where you need more training. Put together and present a plan to your manager. Not only will this show initiative but help in feeling acclimated into the role.
Do you mesh well with your direct supervisor? The single most important relationship you will have at your job is with your direct supervisor. I’m not saying you have to be best friends or completely subservient, but being able to work professionally together is paramount to your success in the role. If there is no synergy in this relationship, it’s likely you will end up back in the job market. In an ideal world, through the interview process and your first few weeks on the job you’ve been able to pay close attention to your supervisor’s management style, their strengths, their opportunities for growth, and how your professional style can fit with their style. Take the time to understand and set expectations with your manager. It’s crucial to your success or determining if you should move on.
How is the facility? When evaluating your new role, consider what your workspace is like, after all, you will spend most of your day and week here. If you’re finding that your surroundings aren’t conducive to doing your best job, consider what is permanent and what you can change. Adding different lighting and other personal desk accessories can completely change a space.
Beyond the physical space, consider the personal (and personnel aspects) of the environment. Do you feel as if you’ve made the commitment to getting to know your new coworkers and to learn the quirks of the organization?
How much consideration have you given to the responsibilities of your new HR or payroll role?? Understanding your job is crucial when starting a new role and it’s up to you to ensure you have that understanding. Besides, you’ll need to know what metrics and goals you are expected to achieve. The last thing you want after going through interviews and training is to work in a position where you don’t feel satisfied or fulfilled in your daily duties.
Be patient and take the time you need to feel confident in your new role. Although 90 days is the standard, it is not a rule that is set in stone. Before making a final decision be sure to consider the training, the relationship with your supervisor, where you work, and your responsibilities. And if you find out it’s not the right fit, that’s okay. Explaining job gaps and shorter employment periods can be difficult, but you’ll get through the struggle and find the right job for you.