Adjusting to new Workplace

No matter how many jobs you change, the first few days at a new office are always a challenge. It’s like trying to join in a well established flow. Only the new employee may not know what that flow in this new office is. The new incumbent has to prove himself to everyone around to belong.

Every organization has a different way of doing things and has its own culture. You need to figure out what works out what doesn’t in the new office.

The first weeks will be a time for listening and learning — for absorbing all one can to help him become a part of the new organization smoothly.

The newly joined person must know his department well like where his department fit in the scheme of things and where in the flow chart of the department and it processes the new entrant fit in. One can learn how to adapt himself or mold himself in the new organization by watching co-workers/supervisor carefully to see how they do things. First thing one must know is exactly about his job. Know what is expected of you and what goal your position serves.

Mind the dress code. Spend the first week of work a little bit overdressed or matched with the most formally dressed person. Then once you understand the dress code you can adapt accordingly.

The newly joined must be nice to assistants and clerical staff and try to be active and helpful forming a part of the team of colleagues.

Try to remember co-workers’ names, key data about them, where the office supplies are, etc. Volunteer to help colleagues in small things like, if they are typing something and they need a help offer to read it out. This will help to build a rapport with them and in turn their cooperation in your work area.

Take care of your own space / equipment so that it doesn’t bother the people working with you.

Get to know people’s different personalities. Then you will be better able to understand things they say and do. Listen carefully when others talk to you. Give them full attention.

If you don’t know where something is or how something is done, don’t hesitate to ask. Also, when you ask questions about work make them open-ended. People will give you a lot more information if you ask open-ended questions. Like for example, Can you tell me about how you want me to file these papers? Instead of questions that will elicit yes / no responses like Do I put this paper in this folder?

Usually, people won’t criticize you during your first few days at work, but if they do, don’t take it personally but ask them the right way to do it. Keep the old behind: Don’t draw comparisons with old company. Never say how much better things were there, or how highly you were regarded. Colleagues in the new organization will naturally resent any adverse or unnecessary comments.

After understanding the organization culture and most importantly the job you will be in a position contributing fully to the team and consequently gain personal recognition for good efforts and results. Believe in your own ability to perform well in your new job. This will finally shake off the effects of the past and you will be able to settle into new environment with success.