We understand that it isn’t quite easy getting comfortable at a new place of work. You are resuming in a new environment, getting new duties and at the same time, meeting new faces and having to interact with them.

I’ve been in these shoes – testing the others, doing my job and trying to understand my colleagues. While some people are naturally warm and friendly, it may take a while for some to warm house to you. You shouldn’t feel bad about this. And this shouldn’t affect your competence and confidence at work too.

Here are a few things to note..

Be open and friendly with new co-workers

Whether you stay at your new job for a few months or several years, cultivating good feelings in the office is always worth the effort. Off the job, introduce yourself to your new neighbors. Let people know that you’re new in town and ask for advice about the area.

Stay neutral

Many people see a new co-worker as a new ally in their long-running disputes with others. Until you learn the rules and layout of the new territory, don’t take sides or allow yourself to be pulled into gossip.

Don’t say no when new co-workers ask you to socialize

Do remember to conduct yourself in a professional manner. Enjoy yourself, but remember that people don’t know you yet and will be forming lasting impressions of you based on your actions in the early days of your new job.

Don’t be shy about asking questions.

Trying to figure everything out on your own will create feelings of isolation; it can also be counter-productive and a waste of time. Get to know your co-workers by asking questions about work and about the local community.

Concentrate on the positive aspects of your new environment

Think of the changes in your life as part of a great adventure. Explore local landmarks, sample the restaurants in your new neighborhood and learn more about activities that are specific to this new community.

Get involved in some local events that interest you and you’ll soon be feeling like you have been there all your life!

Big life changes are never easy and making a few mistakes comes with the territory. Relax, take things one day at a time and give yourself time to adjust. Before too long your new environment might just begin to feel a lot more comfortable.

You can never know too much

Learn all you can about your new employer before your first day on the job. The more you know, the more confident you’ll feel. After you’ve started working, arrive early and stay a little later each day so that you have more time to become familiar with your new workplace.

Keep your eyes and ears open at work so you can learn as much as possible about company history and day-to-day operations.

By Ayo Al

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