New job: first 100 days


It’s rare to know from day one whether a job is really for you. It takes about three months to get to know the boss, the people, the culture and the challenge. During that time many things can go right, setting you up with some early wins and a strong network of support – but many things can also go wrong.

It’s sobering to note that research by business coaching and leadership specialists, Manchester Inc., found that four in ten newly appointed managers fail within the first 18 months. Inability to settle into a new job doesn’t necessarily mean you will end up leaving, but it can mean that your time with the organisation is a struggle.

So, what can you do to maximise your chances of success? Well, there are four areas that need particular focus in any new job. Success in each of these – and achieving a balance between them – will help you ensure your new role becomes a rewarding and profitable career step.

*Survey of 836 HR managers on most common reasons newly appointed leaders fail. Manchester, Inc. Bala Cynwyd, PA.