One of the biggest challenges professionals face when starting a new job is how they navigate ingratiating themselves into the new company and culture they’re now surrounded by. No two companies are alike, which also means practices, processes and procedures can vary wildly from one company to another. How a new employee, including new management, sorts through this can make or break their ability to be received well by their fellow colleagues while having a good career at their new employer.
Imagine you’re in your second week of employment and you begin to uncover a variety of compliance issues like a lack of regulatory understanding throughout the company, poor or missing documentation, insufficient training, little to no post-market surveillance processes or a dinosaur quality management system (QMS) that’s holding the company back. Any of these shortcomings can be problematic for an operation, but the presence of several can be detrimental to the company’s short- and long-term success.
It can be a precarious situation to come in as the new ‘gal or guy’ and start changing things right away. In fact, this typically doesn’t bode well for those who take the scorched earth strategy making big changes right out the ‘new hire’ gates, regardless of those changes being warranted.
So the question begs to be asked – what do you do if you start a new job and quickly uncover problems within the company’s operations, especially if those problems are compliance related?
Taking a measured and strategic approach to your new job and how you will handle the current business practice issues you are experiencing is key to your success. Consider the following process:
Remember that every organization is different, and your approach to addressing poor practices will depend on the specific circumstances. Your ultimate goal should be to contribute positively to the organization's growth and improvement while maintaining your professionalism and integrity.
The quickest way to overcome a business challenge is to get help from those who are experienced in besting your beast! The team at Square-1 Engineering is comprised of a variety of technical and project management professionals who are subject matter experts in the areas of NPD, Quality, Compliance and Manufacturing Engineering. Learn more about how we can solve your technical work and project problems today to get you back on track.
About the Author
Travis Smith is the founder and managing director of Square-1 Engineering, a life sciences consulting firm, providing end to end technical project services to companies which design, develop and or manufacture products in Southern California. He successfully served the life sciences marketplace in SoCal for over 15 years specializing in engineering services, consulting, project outsourcing and leadership development. In 2019 he was recognized as a ‘40 Under 40’ honoree by the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce as a top leader in Orange County, CA.