Hi everyone, I would appreciate any practical advice. In my previous job, I didn't pass my probation, mainly because I was not getting along with my line manager well and he thinks that I didn't learn "fast enough". After self-reflection, I realized that part of the reason is that I was very afraid of my boss, who is a super strict guy who micromanages employees and always have a poker face (consistent feedback from other colleagues). As a result, my confidence got crashed and I become less sociable and didn't build up allies who could guide me through the nitty gritty of the firms. For example, instead of directly asking people questions about the firm's computer system, I spent huge time on it to try to figure it out myself, and he thought that I was learning too slow. My previous company is very competitive, so people are very protective and not willing to help new joiners.
My question here is - How to survive the probation period and what would be some actionable items to work on as soon as I join my new firm? How to "learn fast" enough so that your manager will think you're on track? I know one key factor is to build allies so that you could find the right people to ask question, which could save a lot of time and effort, but keen to listen to any other thoughts. Thanks!