Settling in to a new job
It happens to everyone – you work hard to get a new job you don’t even think about settling in…until that first week when you realised you are all at sea. Fear not! This list will help you settle in to your new job and give you some food for thought about how to get through those sometimes difficult first few weeks.
Make a point of getting to know everyone
Although you might find it excruciating, introducing yourself to as many people as possible will prove to be useful in the long run. Obviously, this might prove impossible in certain instances but make sure to introduce yourself to members of your own team. It might seem a waste of time but engaging people in some small talk may also prove effective – at the very least, it will make them more human!
Don’t dwell on mistakes
Everyone makes them and they are an inevitable part of any learning process. Just be sure to learn from them and try your best not to repeat the same ones twice. You will be allowed some leeway as a trainee, so don’t think about them too much later on!
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Even the most outgoing personalities suffer from nerves. Try and overcome them to ask questions if you need to – your boss will be happy to help and it will be a good way for you to get to know them a bit better.
Knowledge is everything
Time spent preparing for your new role through research in your spare time will never be wasted. At the very least, it will allow you to learn more about the place where you will be working and may even help you out in ways you hadn’t previously considered.
Stressful situations can be made worse if you have forgotten to do the basic things like bring along a tool set. Remember to take care of these small jobs when you have the chance, it will make things ten times easier when you start to struggle.
Stay out of office politics
It may be tempting to get involved in the office gossip about your colleagues, but it is best to avoid it if at all possible. It could affect your own professionalism and even lead to conflicts – something which is best avoided.
Recognise and observe boundaries
Realise when you come into a new environment, you have to earn you place. Don’t assume you have full access to all areas or all people. Respect the management structure of the organisation and don’t be overly familiar with supervisors or managers. Be respectful and offer opinions only when asked.
Beware of having too much fun on office nights out
Socialising with colleagues outside the workplace is a great idea; it will allow you to get to know them better and may even help you at work. However, remember that it is still a work event and should be treated accordingly; stories of drunken excess are always less funny when you are the one having to deal with them on the following Monday.
Try your best
You may think you’re being really subtle, but your co-workers will know if you are not doing your utmost to succeed. It won’t be long before they start getting at you. Conversely, if you are working hard and trying your best, they will appreciate it and this will reflect positively on you.
Remember this could be the start of the rest of your life and is probably one of the best opportunities to learn you will ever have. Make the most of it, embrace the work and try to enjoy it. A positive attitude will go a long way!
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