Starting a new job can be very exciting, yet it can also be rather daunting and stressful. You will have to adapt to a new environment, new colleagues and new superiors, as well as take on new responsibilities, and all these things at once can become quite overwhelming. The sooner you learn the ropes and get used to what’s what and who’s who, the sooner you’ll feel settled and comfortable in your new role.
Starting a new job can be very exciting, yet it can also be rather daunting and stressful. You will have to adapt to a new environment, new colleagues and new superiors, as well as take on new responsibilities, and all these things at once can become quite overwhelming. The sooner you learn the ropes and get used to what’s what and who’s who, the sooner you’ll feel settled and comfortable in your new role. You want to make sure you get off on the right foot, so here are a few things to help you fit in quickly and easily.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Learning a whole set of new processes, equipment and systems can often lead to information overload. It’s best to ask as many questions as you need to, particularly in the first few weeks when you’ll be getting to know the ins and outs of how everything works. You’ll want to make it as easy as possible for yourself to get things right the first time round. Guaranteed your colleagues and superiors would be much happier to answer all your queries if it means they will help avoid having to do damage control when things go wrong because you weren’t 100% confident about what you were doing to begin with.
Make a good impression
Being the newbie is never easy in the beginning – people often tend to be wary of new joiners because ultimately, they’re strangers. Making a good first impression with your fellow colleagues can really help you fit into the pack faster. Find out beforehand what the usual dress code is for the office so that on your first day you arrive looking the part. Wearing jeans when everyone else is in suits can be rather awkward. Also, make sure you arrive early for work in those first few weeks and don’t be the first to leave at the end of the day – you want to show people that you’re serious about this new job and you have a strong work ethic. Your colleagues and superiors are sure to be impressed by this.
Be friendly and smile
Leading on from the previous point: show people that you are friendly and approachable. Make conversation where you can so that your fellow colleagues can see that you’re open to meeting new people and getting to know them. Establishing good work relationships plays a vital part in your overall “work happiness” so don’t be afraid to learn about your co-workers and their lives. Socialise with them as this can be a really great way to break the ice and get to know the people you’ll be working with hopefully for the next few years. (Note: Avoid being overly chatty though – take cues from your colleagues when it comes to joining in on conversations and asking certain questions. You don’t want to over-step.)
Your first few weeks on the job might be quite slow with little work to do. Don’t sit around twiddling your thumbs though – rather take the initiative and ask others if there’s anything they need assistance with. Being proactive will show others that you’re a hard worker and always ready to help out when you can. It will also show that you’re enthusiastic about this new venture and you’re eager to learn new things. Being assertive is a great trait to possess.
Don’t take on too much
Having said that: whilst you want to show your skills and make a good impression, you also don’t want to take on too much. Volunteer for new projects and get involved where you can, but don’t let that happen at the cost of completing more urgent work. Overloading yourself can result in a poor performance and things not being done as well as they could have, so make sure you pace yourself. At the end of the day over-impressing is never impressive.
How quickly you fit into your new job varies from person to person, and from job to job. The best thing you can do is to take things in your stride and keep a positive attitude. Hopefully in a few months’ time you’ll look back and see how far you’ve come. Good luck!
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