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How to fit into a new workplace

Posted on 13 September 2018

It’s perfectly natural to feel anxious on your first day at a new office. You need to face the expectations of a new boss and colleagues. Luckily, your co-workers were office rookies one day too, so they all know what you are going through. You may not have known that, but there are certain things you can do to make the job transition as enjoyable as possible. Keep on reading to find out what they are.

Make some friends

The faster you become a part of the group, the sooner you will feel comfortable at your new job. At first, make some effort to introduce yourself and remember the names of your co-workers – it shows confidence and respect. However, some people may try to take advantage of your friendly vibe and a newbie status by trying to make you do the work for them. Don’t give in to this type of bullying. Show some assertiveness instead.

Identify dress code

Today, there are as many interpretations of appropriate business attire as there are corporations. On your first day at the new office, ask if there are any official dress code guidelines and observe what other people are wearing. Dressing in a similar fashion will definitely help you blend in. Also, do not forget to ask if your company has Casual Fridays, or requires formal outfits on certain occasions.

Be proactive

Showing initiative is one of the clear signs that you care about your job. To help you stand out from the very beginning, do volunteer for the projects that will demonstrate your skills and help you get noticed. If you feel like your vision may benefit the workflows, don’t be afraid to voice your ideas. Also, ask around if anyone needs your help, but at the same time, don’t take too much on yourself. The never-say-no approach shows desperate submission, rather than your organisational commitment.

Stay positive

I’m not going to lie – the first days at your new workplace will be emotionally and physically tiring. No matter what obstacles you find on your way, try to keep a positive attitude. Be approachable and show respect not only to the supervisors, but also your co-workers. Those early weeks are essential to establish your position and help determine your future success.

Reach out for help

When the road gets really rough, don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. No one expects you to know everything from the very beginning. After all, it’s better to ask for advice, than to make a critical mistake which may jeopardize your career.

Use the first weeks to the fullest, as they will pay off in the future. Treat them as an investment for later years. Soon you will learn that your colleagues are quite welcoming and will help you feel part of the team if you show them just a little bit of gratitude. Follow these tips to change your early job stress into permanent job excitement.

Monique Craig is an active blogger and marketing specialist who works for Oneflare, an online marketplace which connects customers with local service providers.

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