Can you help me with this? As a new employee, there are a lot of different things that you need to learn. You don’t know the code for the photocopier, you can’t open the filing cabinet, and for some reason, you can’t figure out how to work the coffee machine. Don’t be afraid to ask your coworkers for help. It is a good way to start talking to them and most people will be more than willing to assist you.
How was your weekend? This is a good question for a Monday. It gets people talking about their lives and you may find out that you have something in common with them. Your coworker will likely respond by asking about your weekend so you can let them get to know you too.
Did you hear about…? Current events are a great conversation starter. Listen to the news on the way into work and find an interesting story to bring up in the lunch room. Just make sure that it is appropriate and that it’s not a sensitive topic.
Wow, that food smells great! What is it? Use your surroundings to start a conversation. If you’re in the lunch room, ask about somebody’s food. If someone is wearing a brightly coloured scarf, compliment them on it and ask where they got it. Once you break the ice, it is easy to get a conversation going.
Being the new person at work can feel incredibly uncomfortable, but those feelings won’t last forever. If you make a genuine effort to connect with your coworkers, before long you’ll fit right in.
(Written by: Karen Bivand)