How New Hires Can Quickly Adapt To The Office

hello-300x200The following is a guest post by Kyle O’Brien.

With every new changing of the guard with a career, one must get used to becoming a fresh face again. And in a new environment, no less. There’s a ton of information to reacquaint yourself with. New faces to memorize. New work routes to wrestle. But above all else, there’s sometimes a sense of urgency to have to master everything all at once, an act that does nothing but cause unneeded stress and confusion for the first week or two.

Being the new kid on the block should be broken down into an art form. From memorizing every last syllable on the company syllabus, to getting acquainted with as many employee training processes as possible, here’s a guideline on how to impress and take charge of your new role over time.

Let’s call it new hire training “wins.”

Don’t Feel Like You Need To Dominate The Lunch Chatter

Not that you should ever do this at the beginning, middle and end of any job, but sometimes as new hires, we get the nervous jitters (which is OK) and start talking endless streams right out the gate. Nerves can sometimes mean we get a sense that we need to unveil everything to every coworker about what makes us special, what interests we have, how our sports teams are doing, etc. within the first few days. And that routine ultimately becomes a new hire training “fail”. It’s also been know to make the list of coworker annoyances…

Thing is, you can be a social butterfly at the beginning, middle, and end of a job if you’re asking more questions than you are divulging information about yourself. It’s okay to feel nervous about asking the “20 questions” to your coworkers. They’ll ask about your interests, what it is you do here, and the rest. Think of it this way: like the Roman Coliseum, employee chemistry isn’t built in a day, so don’t force the issue.

Never Assume You Know What Works

The headline seems a little quirky, but the message is true: don’t assume every process around the office is a given. Being humble about not understanding something is okay and is one of the easiest, most rewarding ways to establish a connection with those around the workplace. Think of it as a way of receiving feedback on how well you are adjusting, ultimately finding out what needs to be improved, etc. And you can’t get the feedback you need by thinking everything in the office is a complete cakewalk.

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