How do I fit in at my new new job?
Last Updated: 04/21/2020 at 4:57am
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I try to be polite and helpful with my interactions with everyone and focus on delivering the best work, always thinking of the job requester's needs and point of view when I complete a task.
Fitting in a new job, or getting assimilated to the work culture is initially difficult when it's something new to you. A huge part of 'fitting in' --are you trying to coexist as best as you can there? Because if that's the case, adapting to the environment and getting to know your coworkers is a good start. I find that trying to get into the work environment and adapt, along with doing my best to coexist with everyone is the best start.
It helps to try and get to know your coworkers by asking them (non-intrusive) questions about themselves - most people love talking about themselves!
It can be hard to be the "newbie" in any situation. Perhaps introducing yourself, saying hello, or just a simple smile can help. You'd be surprised at how easily a simple smile can turn into something more, such as another person saying hello or a simple conversation. Just hang in there. Soon enough you will no longer be the new person and be fitting in along with everyone else.
A smile every day does wonders. Treat superiors with respect, but don't let them walk over you. Dont' be afraid to approach coworkers, you don't have to wait for them to take the first step. During your first few weeks don't be afraid to ask questions, it will save you a lot of hassle and embarrasment later!
Get involved in any social events they have going, I try to make myself indispensable at every job and take on extra responsibility in doing so.
Just be yourself, trust me on this one. You will be surprised how may people there are in your work place that may have a lot in common with you, Be open, but take time to warm up if you need it. :)
The way to fit in at a new place of employment is t0 do your job well. Be friendly, helpful, without being overbearing.
Try to make small talk, Don't be afraid to start conversations, everyone was new at some point and everyone was in your position at some point. Also taking part in different projects could help you make new friends and blend in a bit more :)
Start out by saying hello and greeting everyone you meet in the mornings. A simple good morning and smile will go a long way. Next learn the culture and what is expected from the boss and the other employees as well. Learning what you should and should not be doing is important. With a little time you can learn your role and place in the new job.
-keep an open attitude to learning from everyone. -Keep aside position-related-ego issues -have a welcoming attitude to comprehend everyone's behaviour -learn to adapt to differences contrasting your life before this new job -don't be too strict to yourself in the start, because reputation and trust build with time -help others by being polite and warm -stay punctual to the rules at least in the start, first impression is the last impression -look for opportunity or a challenge to take on -ask for help as and when required, even from juniors -share things like food, news, coffee, and so on -avoid behind-the-back complaining of anyone, whether done individually or in a group -talk and share stuff around you, that gives an indication that you are cool to mingle Keep Smiling :)
Tell everyone that you are happy to be there. Try to connect with at least one new person each day. Ask people around me how they manage to do similar tasks, even if you think that you know the answer. They might give you good tips and appreciate you for asking for their expertise. Respect the rules of the house. Ask for regular feedback from your supervisor on how you are progressing. Observe and appreciate any positive attitude towards you. Thank the person acting kindly towards you (reinforcement) Do not set too high expectations on your own performance - it is totally normal not to perform well at the beginning, to make more errors than the others and to ask "stupid" questions. You are on a learning path, it'll take the time it needs. You are also less performant than you were in your last job. Try not to be frustrated about it. It is actually a new learning opportunity for you.
Whenever I start a new job/career I treat everyone coworker/client/ customer/boss everyone, how I'd want to be treated, with kindness and basic human respect. Once you've had a few shifts and you get to know the above mentioned you'll start feeling tons better and realize that without too much effort, you are fitting in. I understand as well that depending on the job it can be hard to fit in especially right away but keep in mind that some people are there to work and not make friends and that's nothing at all against you. Others are there to work and make friends wether it be just work colleagues or friends for life. Just keep in mind that if someone doesn't like you it's not you everyone is different and unique and that is ok.
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