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How to fit in at your new workplace

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The excitement of a new job is often compared to the excitement of those first days at school. The nervousness, excitement, and new environments are similar, yet it’s tough to find ways of fitting in, and the excitement often fades very early with a new workplace. In some cases the stress of fitting in can supersede the enjoyment that comes with a new job so make sure you don’t let your excitement fade by finding your place quickly.

Use the golden rule

We all know the golden rule to be: Treat others the way you would treat yourself. Make sure you remember to take time to be kind to everyone you meet at your new job. Say hello and introduce yourself to as many people as possible. Ask people a few non-job related questions if possible. If your co-worker has a handful of photos of her dog on her desk, ask about the breed and how long she’s had him. She’ll probably be more than happy to give you all the details. Making friends is a huge part of starting a new job.

Do a good job

You want to show your new boss that you’re capable of your doing the job, and doing your best work will always get you noticed. Just don’t steal the spotlight if it means you’re going to make one of your colleagues look bad. If the work takes a while to get used to, cut yourself some slack. The first few month won’t be perfect, but if you keep trying and giving it your all, results will come. Be sure to use the skills and education you cited on your resume. Prove you are an asset the company wants to keep.

Discover social activities

Most companies offer some opportunities for socialisation. Company football games, picnics, and bowling leagues are all common. Sign up for an activity even if it’s not something you excel at. Most of the other employees will probably be there for social reasons too and it’s a great opportunity to get to know others in various departments.

Volunteer with your company

One of the easiest ways to make friends is to volunteer. Many companies allow their employees to sign up for volunteer programs together on company time. You could work with your colleagues to clean up a local park, team up to donate used cars to places like Newgate School and you’re sure to make some new friends in the process.

Above all, don’t stress too much about your new job. The less stressed you feel, the more you can simply be yourself. After all, your boss hired you for a reason. If you let your true qualities shine, you can find many ways to fit in in no time.

Do you have any advice on how to fit in at work? Let us know in the comments section.

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Brooke ChaplanHow to fit in at your new workplace

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