By Canadajobs.com Staff
If you've just recently gotten a new job, congratulations! These next few weeks might be a challenge as you try to find your place within this new organization. You'll be learning new things and trying to make friends - kind of like the first day at a new school. You can use some of the same techniques to help you fit in.
Make an effort when it comes to making friends. Give others the opportunity to meet you and get to know you. And get to know them. Ask them about hobbies, their work experience, etc. By being social and friendly, you're showing your new employer, as well as your new colleagues, that you are a valuable member of their team and they will accept you as such. By taking part in after-work get togethers, you'll be showing that you appreciate being invited and you accept their efforts to include you.
One of the first things you'll want to do at your new job is to learn everyone's name; from the receptionist, to your colleagues, to upper management. Learn everyone's name as soon as you can. But don't stop there. Make sure you are familiar with vendors and suppliers, as well as competitors, clients, and anyone else who interacts with your company. By being on the ball, you'll look prepared and valuable to your team.
Study the dynamics of your new co-workers and their relationships with one another. Office relationships are often tricky to understand and by watching how others interact with each other, you'll be able to learn how to act with them. Learning how things work at the office is critical to how you'll fit in.
You don't want to get a reputation as being a slacker, especially not during your first weeks at your new job. Working hard will gain you the respect of those around you. Until you know what's expected of you in terms of work hours and schedule, make sure you start on time and you finish when you're expected to.
Remember that having a new person enter the workplace might be difficult for your new colleagues. How did they feel about the person you replaced? Were they were liked or disliked? How good were they at their job? The best you can do is be friendly and open towards your colleagues. By doing your work as expected and working hard, you'll be showing them that you are making efforts at fitting in.