It can be extremely exciting starting a new job. You’re taking on a new challenge in your life with the expectation of learning new things that will help you to grow and flourish in your career. It’s a fresh start to show off your current skills and meet new people, but sometimes, meeting new people can be daunting.
You’ve probably made friendships in your previous workplace that have the possibility to last a lifetime but, here you are, having to start all over again in your new role. How you integrate with others in your job can make or break how you perform and feel at work, so it’s important that you try to do so from the get-go. If you feel you’re struggling to integrate with your colleagues at work, here are some tips that may help build bonds and open yourself up.
First and foremost, if you wish to integrate into your new team you need to be able to find the courage to speak to them. Introduce yourself to your colleagues and make your presence known so they can remember you in their future interactions. At the same time, remember the names of the colleagues you speak to so you can reach out to them. It’s all about forming a relationship early on in any way possible, even if it’s as simple as making them tea or coffee. The idea is to build a network at your new place. The more people you know, the easier it is to ask others for help or advice they can provide.
Make Yourself Feel Comfortable
The more at home you feel, the easier it will be to feel relaxed and be yourself. Start with keeping some home comforts on your desk. Personalizing your desk with pictures and your own stationery can just be the start of making you feel more at home with your work. Even the little things such as bringing your own mug from home would be a great way to settle into your new place. This way, if you have an initial problem of getting to know people, you can always fall back on the things that can cheer you up during your day. These items might even be great conversation starters with your new fellow colleagues.
Observe Your Workplace In The First Few Weeks
Another great way to integrate yourself within your new surroundings is to observe them in the first week or so of you starting. There will be certain practices that are unwritten rules in the workplace, so taking in how everyone works is a great way to get on the good side of others and shows that you’re quickly learning how they work. In learning their methods, it also demonstrates to your colleagues and bosses that you’re serious about having a long-term future in the business, so you’re eager to get up to speed quickly.
Seek Out A Mentor
Depending on how your new employer works, they’ll normally try to help you out and introduce you to someone who can invest time with you to show you around and get used to your new surroundings. However, if that’s not the case, try to find someone that you feel you can get along with and have them mentor you. Ask around to see if anyone wishes to go for a coffee or head out for lunch. Ask them about their role and what they do, if there’s anything that they feel you should know about and general working life in the business. Gaining a relationship with someone who’s been in the business for a long time will also be a great contact for the future.
It may take you time to settle in at your new job but there are sure to be plenty of opportunities to help you get involved. Look out for any social events that you can get involved in, or any sports team if you regularly partake in sports. This will boost your positive outlook and keep you excited to come to work. Also, look for any other new starters that appear in the office. You’ve been in their position before so do your part in making sure they feel at home too.
About the Author: Jamie Costello is a business student based in Manchester. He’s currently building a writing portfolio as part of his course which helps to showcase his knowledge on applicable topics, but also contributes to his final grade. These topics can range from dispute resolution to staff well being, covering a various amount of subjects.