I love making a job offer to someone and hearing the excitement in their voice when they accept the role. One thing I hear so regularly though is that although they are super excited about their new challenge, they are also nervous about hitting the ground running, and also – meeting all of their new colleagues.
Starting a new job can be daunting for everyone and whether you’re an introvert, or an extroverted character, the prospect of meeting and getting to know all of these new people can make you feel a tad nervous!
This is absolutely normal (I promise!) but here are a few tips to get you started:
1, Observe, be polite and try to relax
Easier said than done I know, but your first few days of any new job are always going to nerve wracking, and rather than try and rush in and get to know everyone on your first day, just be friendly, observe, and give yourself the space to settle in.
2, Say hello!
Something as simple as a “hello” will open those communication channels for you. More often than not, someone will answer with “fine thanks, how are you?”. This gives you the perfect opportunity to continue with the conversation where you could ask about their weekend, how long they’ve worked for the company, what their role is etc…
3, Try to build relationships one at a time.
It’s much easier to start relationships one on one, and more importantly easier to remember names haha. If you try and go ‘all in’ with a large group, you might not feel as comfortable initially. It’s always nice to start with a couple of people, and then take the time to get to know people individually. You might find you build stronger relationships this way.
4, Get to know your team!
Spend the time sitting, talking and having a giggle with your team. Ultimately you’ll be spending a lot of time with them, so let your personality come out, get involved in work (and non-work) related conversations and always ask them for help if you’re stuck with something!
5, Get involved in work related groups or activities.
Your company might have various teams/groups you could volunteer for e.g. Social Committees who plan various work parties or charity events. Perhaps you have an interest in sports, so might join the office football team? It might be a book club, lunch and learn group? Whatever your interests are, if there’s an opportunity to get involved – do it ?
6, Personalise your desk.
If you’re employer allows you to have personalised things on your desk, put a couple of pictures up, or a quirky desk plant, personalised mug etc. This is always a conversation starter in the office and lets you show a bit of your personality!
7, Body Language.
It’s so easy to look ‘closed’ when you’re starting a new job as naturally you might feel a little nervous or shy. Sometimes your body language gives off this impression, so really try and focus on what your body language is telling people. You will always want to smile, keep your arms open (not crossed across you when talking) and keep good eye contact so people know your engaged in the conversation.
8, Just be you.
Ultimately, just be your lovely self! You’ll soon tire if you’re putting on a front or trying to be someone you’re not, so quite simply, embrace who you are and just enjoy your exciting new career and colleagues.