Congrats on your new job!
Starting a new job can be exciting and stressful at the same time. Apart from stressing over your wardrobe and trying to understand your new tasks and environment, you also have to think about the social structure of the work environment. It’s like starting a new high school. You see, stress!
Here are some proven ways to help you settle down nicely:
Do some research about the company
Ask questions, stalk the company’s website, whatever. Just make sure you know what you’re walking into. Before your first day, find out about the social structure – eg. how does lunch work? What’s the fashion atmosphere? You need to know these things. Ask questions!
With your coworkers, you’re better off taking it slowwwww
The best thing you can do for yourself is to always listen and watch out for cues. Also, be slow to speak. Don’t judge a book by its cover. The fact that someone is friendly to you does not mean that they’re the best person you should have as a work friend. Don’t try to impress your coworkers with your fantastic ideas and your impressive history – at least not yet. You need to study them carefully so you don’t fall into any traps. It is, however, okay to eat lunch with them and accept help if it’s been offered.
Show them what you’re made off
Since you’re a new employee, no one really knows what to expect. So, it is important for you to put your best foot forward from day one. Be productive and professional and don’t act like a know-it-all. You should be willing to learn new ideas and also learn the way things are done at your new place of work.
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself
No matter how good your CV is or how perfect you think you are or how much experience you have, you will still need to learn some new things when you start at a new place. This is particularly difficult if you’re what Nigerians would refer to as a “seasoned professional”. But this is not the time to put pressure on yourself and show that you know it all. Humility is key. Listen and learn. Relax. Things will get better.
Know that there will be haters
There will be some people who may not like you or who may try to frustrate your efforts. Anticipate them. Yes, it is good to go to your new workplace with optimism but it’s also good to know that the world is not all smiles and roses. Not everyone is going to be cool with having someone new in “their space”, but hey, what can you do? Just ignore them and keep it moving.
Hey, readers! Do you have any more useful tips for the new girls and guys at work? Tell us!