5 Ways to Fit in at Any Workplace

ID-100186400While getting a new job is always an exciting time, it’s not fun to be the new kid on the block.  As a new employee, you want to impress your manager, but at the same time it’s important to fit in with your coworkers.  Here are some tips that will help you make a good impression and start to build relationships with the people you will be working with:

Know what is expected of you.  As a rookie employee, you need to make it your mission to understand both your job requirements and the organizational culture.  Don’t make assumptions; just because something was okay at your last job doesn’t mean that it is acceptable here.  Ask a lot of questions and try to uncover the unwritten rules of your new workplace.

Be friendly.  Your coworkers can help you a lot when you are new to the job.  Get them on your side be being friendly and reaching out to them.  Smile a lot, have lunch in the staff lunch room and ask them questions about themselves.  You will find your job more pleasant and a lot easier when you are friendly with your coworkers.

Pay attention.  Part of fitting in is being able to pick up on non-verbal cues to understand how people are perceiving you.  Do they like what you are doing?  Are you getting on people’s nerves?  Are you doing something that is ‘not done’ at this organization?    Watch how your coworkers interact with each other and take notes.  It’s also a good idea to pay attention to the grapevine; but don’t engage in gossip.

Have a great attitude.  For a new employee, attitude is everything.  Demonstrate through your behaviour that you are grateful for this opportunity.  Show up early and volunteer for projects that nobody else wants to do.  Let everyone see that you are a positive addition to the team.

While it is important to fit in, don’t stress about it.  Remember that you are there to do a job.  If you are professional, courteous and true to yourself it won’t take you long to make friends.

(Written by Karen Bivand, Image Courtesy of Samuiblue at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

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