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Posted on 04.05.2016

Adapting to a New Workplace: Tips On Settling In

Did you score that new job you’ve always wanted? Receive a promotion? Congratulations!     

Here are few things to remember when starting a new position. Entering a “world of the unknown” can be nerve-racking, but it’s equally as exciting. These tips will help you feel at ease and offer some insight on how to comfortably and confidently take on that new job.

1. Ask Questions:

Be eager to learn. It’s always good to ask questions, rather than assume something. If you don’t know, ask! As you understand the company’s ebb and flow, you will soon become more comfortable with what to ask and how to adapt. It will take time for you to learn each aspect of a new job, so allow yourself this time. As they say: “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

2. Do Your Research & Take Notes:

It’s best to have a general idea of your roles, daily tasks, and job description before walking through the door on your first day. Most companies prepare you with documents and tasks in advance, but that first day of training always brings a world of knowledge. Think, “drinking from a fire hose.” Get acclimated with the roles and positions of your coworkers. Learn who the company’s clients or customers are, and who the regular points of contact are. Company protocols, policies, and calendar of events are all things you’ll want to familiarize yourself with initially. As you learn and get a good grasp on the culture, be sure to take notes. This will help you master the skills, and serve as a great reference for future questions or “how-to’s” you may need answered down the road.

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Dive-In:

One of the best ways to learn is by listening and observing. Be a sponge--soak in as much knowledge as you can handle. You’ll learn more this way and your coworkers will serve as your safety net. They are there to guide and direct, and are equally as excited to share the inner workings of the company with you. Ask for feedback as well. Developing constructive relationships with your coworkers will set you up for success.

4. Be Yourself!

They already like you--they hired you, didn’t they? Have the confidence and comfort in knowing you’re there for a reason. You bring value to the company. Your skills, knowledge, and expertise are what brought you here, so show them what you can do! Allow your personality to shine through. Just be conscious of new work policies and office camaraderie. And remember to stay focused.  

Good luck and have fun!

Berkley Aiken recently began a new role as Administrative Assistant at Lovell Communications. Connect with her at: lovcom@lovell.com

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