New at the Job? 4 Ways to Make a Seamless Transition
Fri, 11/09/2012 - 4:26pm | by Eliza Morgan
Being the “new kid on the block” at work can be both fun and frustrating. For one, the newness of it all—new co-workers, new challenges, new environment—makes for a stimulating experience. With all the novelty, however, comes uncertainty. You don’t know exactly how you will take to your new office mates or how they will take to you, and you feel the pressure of trying to make a great first impression. Here are a few ways to ensure that those first few weeks at work are socially and professionally productive ones.
Introduce yourself to others.
Many newcomers wait to be introduced to the various people in the office, but sometimes there’s just too much going on to remember to introduce the new gal. Be assertive and make your presence known. In the break room, strike up conversations with others, even if you don’t work directly under them. Be polite and engaging without being insincere.
Accept invites to lunch and after work get-togethers.
The best way to become more comfortable in any office setting is to get to know everyone at work in a more casual environment. During your first few days at work, you will probably be invited out to lunch at some point. Even if you brought your own lunch or were planning on skipping your break to get as much done as possible, make it a point to become collegial with your workmates. Even if don’t intend on doing so in the future, attend the first few office happy hours or socials to become more acquainted with everyone.
If you are confused about any aspect of work, don’t be shy about asking questions.
In an effort to impress, most new employees feel uncomfortable asking questions when confused, out of fear that you may come across as incompetent. However, it’s important to understand that your boss or supervisor knows that you won’t know everything the minute you step in. Asking questions actually demonstrates your competence by showing that you care enough about your work to make sure everything you are doing is right.
Observe office dynamics and proceed accordingly.
When you first begin, it may take some time to understand how everything around the office works, and how everyone works together. There will inevitably be some people in the office who aren’t liked for talking too much, having annoying tics, etc., and there will also be some people who are extremely negative and complain all the time. Just remember to be initially observant so that you find a comfortable niche within your new office dynamic.
There will always be a transition period when you start anything new, so it pays to be patient while you work your way into your new job. Above all, don’t doubt yourself!
This is a guest post by Eliza Morgan who is a full time blogger. She specializes in writing about business credit cards. You can reach her at: elizamorgan856 (at) gmail -dot- com.