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Fitting in at your new workplace

1027_happiness-believing-water-cooler_380x278The contract has been negotiated and signed, and you start on Monday. Congratulations; here comes the hard part!

It’s no secret that the biggest hurdle you will have to get over is finding your place within the already established office dynamic. The faster you become part of the pack, the sooner you will adjust to your new job.

The length of time it takes to feel comfortable in your new role differs from person to person and from job to job. While you may fit in immediately at one job, it may take a little longer in the next. All you can do is try your best and do your job the best way you know how.

Here’s my tips for your next role:

Start quiet.

It’s the first week; you’re settling in. Take this time to observe the interactions of those around you. Knowing the type of humour that is appreciated, and when it is time to be serious, is necessary in understanding office culture.

Ask questions.

You’re new to the workplace; it’s okay to ask questions and it’s better to get it right the first time!

Offer assistance.

Volunteering, especially for thankless jobs (dishwashing, anyone?), is a good way to demonstrate that you are willing to contribute to the team effort. Make sure you complete all your work before accepting extra tasks.

Smile! Be positive.

It will take time to feel completely at home in a new workplace. To get there, a positive attitude is a must. Being friendly, and engaging with the people you work closely with helps you become more comfortable with them.

Go to lunch.

Spending time away from the office with your colleagues is a sure fire way to speed through this awkward transitional period of being the new guy. Take the opportunity to get to know them better.

Don’t complain, gossip.

I would be lying if I told you that there wasn’t an office grapevine that you will become privy to. It’s best not to contribute; you don’t want people to know you as a gossip. Don’t complain about previous co-workers or your previous workplace, as it sends a bad message.

Be punctual.

As a general rule, it is best if you are not the last one in and the first out of the office of an evening. Punctuality is always best, and especially important if your workplace is very strict in this area.

Engage in extracurricular activities, office banter.

When you start to feel comfortable, engaging in the office banter is an excellent way to improve your relationship with your co-workers. Keep an eye out for any activities to join in on. In my case, going for a run on Thursday’s with the team is an excellent way to get away from the office and connect with my colleagues.

There we have it, I hope that you found these helpful. Just remember to relax and understand that everybody started out in your shoes.

Taken from the first-hand experience of our new Administration Assistant, Claire Bowles.

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