Take the time you need in your first weeks to browse resources, chat to colleagues, and do the background reading that allows you to feel comfortable with the organisation and context. It's a lot to take in, but a worthwhile investment!
A good place to start - set up instant messaging
What's with the two messaging tools, you may ask? Well, as at the time of writing (Sep 27th), we're currently in transition! You can find out more here :)
Download the latest nightly build here, and we have a #status-newbies channel where we're looking forward to meeting you! Bugs can be reported to your pals in the Slack #desktop channel, who will be happy to help you get set up.
- Sign up for your Slack account here. Please upload a personalised photo of your choosing - this can be an actual photo of yourself, or an avatar if you prefer.
- You'll be automatically added to a few channels to get you started. These are just some suggestions to give you a feel for what's going on around Status, you may also want to browse the list of channels to see what's out there that takes your interest, or leave any channels you don't find useful.
- In the #status-everyday channel you can start dogfooding Status.
- The channel #idea-jam is a place to be paired with fellow contributors at random for philosophical chats.
- The channel #newbies is a place for our newest team members to browse and ask any questions they may have. We're a friendly bunch and always happy to help! #peopleops is also a great place to ask questions.
- The #daily-updates and #weekly-updates channels are for standups. That way you can follow what's going on around the organisation.
- Join other team or company relevant channels - like travel (we'd love to get a chance to co-work!), #book-club, and #watercooler. Ask your team which other ones are most relevant for you!
If you're completely new to Slack and none of the above instructions make any sense, don't panic! Feel free to ping one of the #peopleops team for help, we'll be happy to help show you around.
This awesome article has some awesome advice on how to optimise Slack to keep calm and stay productive.