For some of us, the New Year started with the resumption of a new role in a different company. It means the tenuous process of starting afresh, making new friends and proving your value. The first day at a new job can be strange: you feel everyone eyes on you, asking questions because you are kind of like “the newbie.” While other co-workers laugh, make in-house jokes and references you know nothing about, you start to feel left out. So how do you settle down and get comfortable with your new coworkers? Here are steps to assist you.
First, it is okay to feel nervous
Honestly, it is. It is your first day in an entirely new space and it is okay for you to have a bit of jitter. But not too much so that you can be able to carry out your duties as efficiently as possible. Yes, it might take a bit of time for your nerves to settle but do not let them get in the way of your work that you perform badly, this will create a dent in your image of confidence.
Know your goals
After all, you were employed there for a reason. As a new employee, you need to have a clear working plan in place of what is needed of you and work hard to achieve them. Read through your brief of duties and responsibilities, execute and complete them in good time to show your employees and coworkers that you are indeed good at your job.
Instead of being an over-sharer, learn boundaries and listen more
The first few weeks are good opportunities to understand your work environment and the work pattern of your colleagues. If you are unclear about office terms and patterns, do not be afraid to ask questions. Bond with them on a professional level, listen to them as they talk, making only smart contributions, or staying silent when you have nothing to say.
Be good at your job
You need to be good at what you do because this will not only boost your confidence, it helps secure your reputation. Staying on top of your professional game makes you reliable and in an ideal work environment, you will be appreciated. But be careful to have a balance between efficiency and pride. No one likes a proud person or a know it all personality. Shine, but leave room for others.
Employees can also help to make the transition smooth for you. For instance, the company can send a memo informing staff that someone new has been hired, make introductions on the first day, and give the company’s handbook and helpful materials.
It can be overwhelming being the new staff but take your time, sooner or later, you will fall into the routine.