Being the new person at work

With everything that is going on in the world regarding employment and the impending new financial year, this generally means other new things like a new job or even career change.

The excitement of a new opportunity can sometimes be entirely overshadowed by that daunting feeling of being the latest staff member, having to navigate a new office space and get to know a new team. Here are some of our tips to help make those first few days less overwhelming;

Small talk – introduce yourself to everyone. The more communication you have with, the team, the better your chances of building rapport faster. 

Ask questions – if you're not sure about something from where the toilet is to how the photocopier works, ask someone as it will be the fastest way to pick things up.

Say yes – if your colleagues invite you out to lunch or an upcoming event, say yes. It's the best way to break the ice with your team and build a connection.

Attitude – keep a smile on your face, greet everyone when you arrive and say goodbye when you leave. Also, the tasks given to you straight away might not be exciting or challenging but take them on with enthusiasm anyway.

Take notes – as you're shown different tasks so you can refer back to it at a later point. You have so much to take in, writing it down will assist you in absorbing all of the new information.

Remember, everyone has had their turn of being the new employee at some point. The first few days are likely to be awkward, and it's highly likely you will make mistakes along the way while learning the ropes.

Being the new person at work