How to Adjust to a New Workplace? Stepping into a new workplace can be intimidating, especially if you’re entering a job where people work in teams, like in a call center. But just a few tactical tips can help you calm down, fit in, and step up to the exciting new challenges ahead.
Look into the company’s culture
Try to gain a sense of the corporate culture even before your first day, whether via their website – the photographs they exhibit and their vision-mission-values statement might be good indicators – or from your interviewer or trainers. This will help you make a positive impression on your coworkers and demonstrate to your supervisor that you are capable of being a long-term member of the team.
Recruiters, for example, may inform you of the dress code, but it’s not always obvious what they mean by ‘business casual.’ Showing up in jeans on your first day when everyone else is in slacks – or the other way around – can leave a bad impression, as will making jokes when your coworkers are trying to focus, or neglecting to smile when they’re experiencing a moment of wonderful camaraderie.
Get to know your coworkers
Your coworkers are a gold mine of knowledge that you’ll never learn in training or anywhere else. Of course, you want to complete all of your tasks fast and accurately, but when that isn’t possible, should you put speed ahead of accuracy? Which supervisors can take a joke and which ones can’t? How private should you be on social media? All of these questions, and more, are answered by your coworkers.
Furthermore, how well you get along with others might have a significant impact on your promotion prospects. Last but not least, having fun with your coworkers will make your job more enjoyable, allowing you to stay happy and productive. So introduce yourself, bring some treats to give, and ask if you may join them for lunch — it’ll be worth it.
Be a Force for Good
As a newcomer, you may absolutely bring energy, passion, and optimism to the table. You may be the newcomer with a lot to learn, but you may also be the breath of fresh air that gives the team a new lease on life. Everything that is common knowledge to them is interesting and even exciting to you, so why not make the most of it?
On a personal level, a positive approach will undoubtedly benefit you when you make mistakes – which you will, because you’re new – because you’ll be able to learn from them because you’re optimistic. Your bosses will be watching you, but they won’t be tallying your mistakes as much as they will be analyzing your ability to recover and rise above them. An energized, upbeat employee is someone they’ll want to keep.
You Should Learn Everything You Can
The training was just the start. There’s still a lot to learn about your profession, but the good news is that the more you learn, the more opportunities you’ll have to learn more – and earn more – as your career progresses, whether at this company or elsewhere.
So take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. If you’re given software to work with, go beyond the basics of what you’ve been taught to see what further it can do. Enroll in training and development programs. Get involved in the company culture, not just learn about it. Participate in clubs, office outings, and unofficial gatherings. Actually, read the corporate newsletter to see if you’d like to help out in any way. If you have the opportunity, get advice from your superiors. Every action you take can assist you in carving out the professional path you desire.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Relax; everyone understands you’re new and won’t expect you to know everything right away. Rather than being annoying, asking questions demonstrates that you’re interested, invested, and eager to learn anything and everything you can in order to do your job well and contribute to the company’s success.
Remember, everyone is trying to finish their own work, so be nice, considerate, and clear about what you require. Make your requests as brief and to the point as possible in your thinking. After you ask, say “pardon me,” and when you’re through, say “thank you.” Once you’ve received the assistance you require, make notes or do whatever it takes to ensure that you remember so that you don’t have to ask the same question over and over.
On your first day at a new office, it’s natural to be nervous. These wise steps, on the other hand, will help you not just adjust, but possibly even accelerate your career path.