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Starting a new job is an exciting experience. However, getting acquainted with your new coworkers can be a bit nerve-wracking. These are the people you will be seeing five days a week, eight hours a day, so you don't want to start off on the wrong foot.
Below are a few tips on how to effectively ease into a new work environment. These tips will help you better adjust to your new setting and find ways to interact with your coworkers. Follow these tips closely and you'll have an easier time adjusting to your new job. In no time you'll become a part of the company team!
Make the First Move
When you're the new guy, other employees may be too busy to officially welcome you to the company. Don't take offense to this. After all, it's a business and everyone has a job to do. Rather, take the initiative and introduce yourself.
A new face at the office doesn't always mean a new employee was hired. In fact, some of your coworkers might not even realize you're a new employee. Introducing yourself will show that you are a friendly and approachable person.
Don't Be Afraid to Ask
As the new guy, you might feel uneasy asking simple questions such as how to get office supplies or where the restroom is located. If you want to blend in to your new setting quickly, you need to ignore your nerves and ask questions with confidence. Don't be afraid to ask a coworker a question, especially if it's regarding a new project.
However, you do need to read the situation before making an inquiry. It's not wise to interrupt a meeting or a phone call just to ask where the copier is located.
Find someone who appears to be available to answer your question.
Asking a question is also another way to break the ice. If you have a question, find someone you haven't met yet, introduce yourself, and then ask your question.
Accept Lunch Invitations
As the new guy, you may be asked to lunch by a group of coworkers. This might be their way of introducing themselves to you. A good guideline is to accept a few lunch invitations when you first start a new job. Even if you're prone to bringing your own lunch, go out with your coworkers a few times at first. This will give you the opportunity to get to know them better.
Being the new guy at a company will always be an awkward situation. However, by following the above tips and guidelines, you'll be able to quickly turn that awkward situation into a comfortable work environment.
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