Starting a Job in Today's Environment?

Here are some ways to help you get acclimated to a work-from-home setup as a recent graduate.

If you are a recent college graduate in your first job, congratulations! Chances are you've entered uncharted territory due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has transformed the way many workplaces operate. So, if you're currently working remotely, here are some ways to help you navigate the virtual workplace.

Check in with your supervisor.
How can you make sure you're on track with your responsibilities and fine-tune your goals in a new role? "Setting up regular check-ins with your supervisor is a great way to better understand how you can meet the needs of your company and succeed in your role," says Tish Cash, Mutual of America Senior Vice President, Human Resources. "Email is a convenient way to communicate when working remotely, but keeping in contact by phone or a web conferencing tool can really help build your professional relationship."

Talk to your colleagues.

One of the best ways to build work relationships and stay in the loop is to talk to coworkers. Without in-office meetings or watercooler conversations, it can be hard to get a feel for workplace culture. Make a point to reach out to your new colleagues periodically with questions you may have. These conversations are a great way to get to know your coworkers and better understand a company's operations.

Keep a routine.
When you're not commuting to work, it may be occasionally difficult to concentrate. Establishing a routine and sticking to it can help. Structure your day just as you would if you were going in to the office. For example, in the morning, get dressed and have breakfast or a cup of coffee or tea before you turn on your computer. And at the end of the day, shut it down and resist the urge to check emails during dinner and throughout your evening. Staying in a rhythm before, during and after work can help your productivity.

Enroll in your company's retirement savings plan.
If the current economic environment teaches you anything, it's that financial security is paramount. So, if your company offers a retirement savings plan, enroll and start contributing. Make sure to take advantage of an employer match, if possible. This means that the employer will match a certain percentage of your contribution, up to a specific level of your salary. You can also try our Retirement Savings Calculator to see how much money you can potentially accumulate for retirement. Knowing you've invested in your future can give you more confidence as you navigate the virtual workplace and grow in your first job.

If you have questions, please call your local Mutual of America representative today.

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