How to Adjust to a New JobMay 8th, 2013 | Articles, Workplace Resources | No Comments »
Settling into a new job can be hard. The new procedures, people, and responsibilities can be intimidating and lead to stress, so is there an easy way to adjust to a completely new office environment? Of course not, but there are several things you can do to ease your transition into your new job.
Now is not the time to sink into your office and become a hermit. You’re in a new environment, so now is the time to go out and meet your co-workers. Things will be a lot less awkward once you break the ice. Introduce yourself to everyone; your co-workers, the receptionist, even the employees in the mail room. That way the first time you meet someone it won’t be because you need something. You want to establish a mini-network inside of your office so that you can fully take advantage of all the resources available to you. Plus, you will make some friends in the process.
Do your homework
You should have already done some preliminary research on the company before you even submitted an application, but the first few weeks is the time to learn as much as you can about the company’s history, procedure, and future. The more you know about the comings and goings of the office, the better prepared you will be to jump right into any project that comes your way. Be sure to talk to as many people as possible to find out what they are working on and how it relates to the job you will be doing. Take some time to learn any industry terminology or technology that you may be behind on. The faster you pick up the basics, the faster you will become an asset to the company.
Find a mentor (or two)
Find a veteran of the office (ideally someone you will be working closely with) who is reliable and can be used as a resource. This will be the person that you rely on for information about company procedures, as well as someone who can answer most of the questions you will likely have. Your boss may not want you knocking on their door every second of the day with small questions or issues. Having said that, do not make yourself a burden on your mentor by incessantly bothering them as well. It may be a good idea to find as many friendly faces that can help you throughout the day. The more you meld with your team, the better off you will be.
Make mistakes, and lots of them
It’s a good idea to try to figure things out on your own before you seek help. Making mistakes is one of the best ways to learn. I’m not saying do something drastic and cost the company millions of dollars, but always try to figure things out for yourself before asking for help. You will undoubtedly learn more from the mistakes you make as opposed to being spoon fed the information.
Keep an open mind
This is not the time to go blathering on about how you used to do things at your former job. Every company is different, and what used to work at your old office may not be the chosen way of doing things at your new one. Constantly going on to people about how you used to do things can be bothersome and turn some people off. Having said that, do not be afraid to speak up and offer your opinions. They hired you for your skills and ideas after all. Just remember your place as the newest member of the team. Trying to revamp long established procedures (unless you have just been hired as an Executive VP) is not the best way to establish yourself at a new company.
Always remember that this is only the beginning, and with a bit of hard work you will become more efficient in no time. This is the opportunity you have been looking for, and now you have it.
By Kevin Withers