You're a New Hire - Here's How to Integrate Yourself into the Workplace
Starting a new job is an exciting opportunity. However, it can also be challenging at times. It’s not always easy being the “new kid in town,” even as an adult. But the good thing is that where there’s a will to fully integrate yourself into a new company, there’s definitely a way. Here are some helpful tools for embracing every aspect of your new role and company:
We all know that pursuing anything half-way won’t get you very far. And when it comes to integrating yourself into your new company’s culture, that concept certainly applies. Take some time to really observe the relationships between colleagues and take your cues from their examples that seem fit. You shouldn’t hesitate to engage, either. Asking questions shows you're interested in making the most out of this professional opportunity and committed to your new role.
While some of us cringe at the idea, networking events can actually be an effective tool for building relationships with your colleagues, and often times can be fun! You don’t have to "work the room,” or hand out business cards to everyone that passes by. Just one or two engaged interactions can be rewarding and beneficial down the road.
Align with your Company
It's no secret that a company’s culture can be a strong indicator of its wellbeing. Clearly, prospective employees are taking this into consideration when looking at new roles. In a recent survey conducted by Glassdoor, 77% of respondents said they would consider a company's culture before applying to a new job. As a result, you should work to align yourself with the company, whether through the processes that make your department function or the initiatives you promote. Having a true belief in the company or organization is a building block to creating a happy, productive workforce.
Don’t hesitate to be the person initiating opportunities that pique curiosity and drive participation from your colleagues. This doesn't mean that everything needs to a massive undertaking or grand event. Whether it’s periodic information panels or simple coffee hours, it’s a tremendous asset to have time for your team to come together and brainstorm. And when it comes to talent acquisition and retention, employees really value knowing that they have a voice.