Being the new guy is bad enough, but adjusting to the new environment in the company is quite another topic. Studies have shown that this is one of the highest stress situations for a person to be in. To fight the high stress that can arise from starting a new job, a new employee needs to adapt. In order to adapt, there are many things you can do to help ease the transition.
1. Get A Tour
One of the absolute best things you can do is get a tour. Learn to adapt to the office culture, at least during the first few months. You can only influence your co-workers later on after you’ve won them. Focus on the job and giving your best performance. Once you have made your competence known to your co-workers, you can then suggest changes. Your co-workers are likely to be more receptive by then.
2. Newcomer Tips
Review policies and rules even if you are just changing positions within the company. Rules and policies can vary greatly from position to position and department to department.
Familiarize yourself with your new job. Know and understand what your new job responsibilities are. If you have any questions about your responsibilities, review your employment contract, employee handbook, and job description. If you are still confused, speak with your supervisor.
Pay attention to details. Even if you are rushed, always read the fine print. Because you are new, you might be unaware of something that is standard practice.
Mistakes are not going to be the end of your employment. Everyone makes mistakes when they are new to a position. Make your supervisor aware of any mistakes immediately, as clean up is simple when the mistake is still fresh.
When you are new to a position, you will likely receive criticisms. Do not be afraid of constructive criticisms or take them personally. Use those constructive criticisms to improve your work and make yourself a better employee.
3. Fitting In Is Easy
After you’ve done all this, it should be much easier to fit in and start to get to know your fellow co-workers. If you have adapted successfully, your co-workers and superiors will respect your opinions and take them into consideration. Also, it never hurts to be prepared.