Many workers do not like to ask for assistance, viewing it as a sign of weakness. As a result they are likely to forge ahead when they are unsure of how to proceed. This can be dangerous. We you are in doubt about how to proceed, make it a practice to contact your supervisor for instruction, training or advice.

The first step in asking for help is to decide if you actually need it. Try all of the other possibilities such as reading the manual. Don't, however, overdo it. A good rule of thumb is to follow the three strikes and you're out rule. If you can't figure out how to do something in three tries, then it is time to ask for help.

As a new employee, be on the lookout for in-house resources. When is comes to asking a question, make sure that you ask the right person. Is there a workmate with whom you have particularly developed a rapport? If you come across a fellow employee who shows that they remember what it was like to be the new kid on the block, they are likely to be far more receptive to your questions. Once, you have identified that person, make a list of your questions, then prioritize it and pick the two or three most important questions to ask.