Adjusting to a New Job: Fresh Meat 101

Adjusting to a new job can be tough – and when we say tough, we mean it. It’s always those first few moments of awkward silence in the office and being the “new girl/guy” that really puts the pressure on us to show our worth and become a team player. It’s true that only time can tell if it’s a right fit – personally and professionally – but there are some tips and tricks you can follow to smoothen the process.

Make an effort to get to know new colleagues but set boundaries. there’s nothing more overbearing than a new employee strolling into an office and acting like they won the place – or one who shares too much personal information. Make an effort to get to know your colleagues but at a professional distance, and take your time. there’s no need to rush!

Don’t get cliquey. It’s easy to be drawn into an office clique as a newbie when all you desire is to be included and feel comfortable, but this is a major no-no. Things might not always be what they seem and you don’t want to get yourself involved in something before you understand the entire office environment.

Ask a lot of questions. Whether you think it may be a “stupid question” or not – no questions are stupid. It’s okay if you don’t know how to do something. Growth and an eagerness to learn is a sign of commitment and interest.

Don’t get overwhelmed. Everything will fall into place eventually, and your daily routine will become more and more normal. The first few months are the most important in determining your commitment to the position.

Pay attention to the office culture and adapt. What is lunch hour like? Do people talk during the day or mainly focus on their work? Is it expected that you arrive early and stay late, or punch the clock? These are all things to take note of and conform to – if it works for you, that is, but it’s best that you do.

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