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When you’re hired into a mess, it’s best to just grab a broom

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Q: “After two days at my new job, I have not yet signed a payroll form or been told about my work hours. This is a small family business which has been quite successful, but seems very disorganized. I have made two appointments with the owners to discuss my schedule, but they forgot both times. Is this a bad sign?” Worried Newcomer

A: While this confusion may be disturbing, it is not unusual. Many successful small companies expand so quickly that their processes and procedures can’t keep up with the growth. To compound this problem, the founders are often entrepreneurial types who are not the most organized people in the world.

Whether this is a bad omen or an excellent opportunity depends largely on the nature of your position. If you have an administrative job, you may have actually been hired to help bring order out of this chaos. In that case, your organizational skills will soon make you indispensable. On the other hand, if your work leaves you at the mercy of these muddled managers, you may soon need a crash course in stress reduction.  

Are you having trouble adjusting to your new workplace? This could be one reason why: How to Spot the "Culture Clues" at Work.

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