How to settle at a new job or workplace

How to settle at a new job or workplace
Learn to befriend your workmates at the new job
Learn to befriend your workmates at the new job

You’re the new kid on the block coming into a situation where relationships have already been formed. You’re the only one who can’t find the restroom, doesn’t know where the supply room and boardroom are located.

And yet your Boss holds all the power, and you don’t want to talk to him/her until he or she takes the first cup of coffee.

There’s so much to learn in addition to the duties related to the job you were hired for. It’s quite overwhelming for most of the fresh graduates.

How to settle at a new workplace

 Leaving colleagues behind can be very difficult and  doing away with your previous campus life is not so easy.

Put on your favorite suit—you know … the one that makes you shine. If you feel confident, you will look confident. Whether you’re driving to work or using public means, be sure to leave plenty of time to get there. You should try to arrive a little bit early.

Treat it like a job interview, and remember that first impressions do count. Eat breakfast before you leave your house and brush your teeth and floss. Fresh breath and clean teeth are a must (no poppy seed bagels, please).

Your work day begins when you leave your house. You never know who you’ll meet along the way. You may run into your boss or a co-worker. A friend of mine was driving to work one day when a car swung around her and the driver made a hand gesture (you know the one) at my friend.

He didn’t see my friend’s face, but she saw his. It looked familiar and then my friend remembered why. He was her most recent hire, starting work that very day. She attributed his action to nerves, and hasn’t said a word to him. Yet. You shouldn’t make lewd hand gestures regardless of who the recipient may be, but if you are tempted to, just think of the other person as being a potential boss, co-worker, or client.

So you finally made it to your new workplace. Now take a deep breath and walk in with a smile on your face. You are happy to be there and there’s nothing wrong with showing it. Keep your head up and remember to make eye contact with whomever you meet. Be polite and friendly to everyone, whether it’s the receptionist, a colleague or your new boss.

Introduce yourself and remember that it’s okay to ask questions. Nobody minds. After all, everyone has had a “first day.” People generally like to help others and it usually makes them feel good about themselves. I remember a new co-worker who refused all offers of help. I guess she thought accepting assistance would make her look incompetent to our boss. The result was that everyone thought she was a snob or a know-it-all and some people even vowed to refuse to help her in the future.

While it’s okay to hold onto some of things you learned in your previous jobs and use that knowledge in your new job, remember that every workplace has it’s own way of doing things. Your first few weeks or even months on a job is not the time to change the way things get done.

Do not utter these words: “That’s not how we did it at my old company.” Your colleagues will just be thinking this: “Well, you’re not at your old company and if you liked it so much why didn’t you stay there.”

Take the time you have off to do some research. Learn all you can about your new employer. Learn about their product lines, their philosophies, and their corporate culture. Call around to see if anyone in your network knows any of your future co-workers and ask that person to introduce you prior to your first day. Wouldn’t it be nice to see a friendly face when you walk through the door on your first day?

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