Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, August 12, 2016
Congratulations! Hopefully, the company will have a robust onboarding plan for you that will help to drive this process. If not, there are a few things that I recommend you do to set yourself up for success in your new role. First are the obvious things - learning everything you can about the company, your department, and your specific role. You will likely have a formalized training plan, but you can go beyond this by scouring internal and external web sites, standard work documentation, and other materials which document your work and what your department does.
Second, spend a great deal of time getting to know your colleagues and leaders. Introduce yourself to all of your peers and spend a few minutes learning about what they do and how it may tie into your role. Don't take too much of their time as they are surely busy, but do show your appreciation for the time they give you. Also, set up formal time to meet with your leaders. I am sure your direct supervisor will already be spending time with you, but also try to set up time with those 2-3 levels above your boss. Be sure to let your boss know that you are doing this.
In addition, try to get involved in internal employee groups, sometimes referred to as employee resources groups. These are groups of employees with something in common such as young professionals or mid-career hires, etc. This will help you to learn from others and build your network. Lastly, seek out a mentor at your new company. Many companies already have formalized mentoring programs and if so, participate in this program or work with one of your leaders to identify a mentor for you.