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Getting Settled at a New Job

Starting a new job can be both exciting and stressful. It’s an opportunity to make a good impression, but it’s also a time when you can easily over-think everything and feel overwhelmed. Getting settled into a new position requires you to take initiative, ask questions, and learn about your company’s culture and expectations. It’s also an important time to form strong relationships with colleagues, which can improve your day-to-day work experience and help you become a trusted asset.

In addition to learning about your company’s culture and policies, it’s essential to understand your manager’s leadership style and how they communicate. Knowing their communication style and preferred methods can help you align your own actions with their expectations. For example, some managers like frequent email updates or short daily stand-up meetings, while others may prefer to meet more often and have more of a hands-on approach.

Developing a strong network of coworkers can help you with your day-to-day work and provide support during challenging times. It’s also a great way to meet other people in your industry and expand your social circle outside of work. If you’re struggling to build these relationships, try scheduling one-on-one video or phone chats with employees and participating in teamwork activities online using tools such as Slack or Zoom.

If you’re not sure how to approach your coworkers, start by reaching out to a colleague who seems warm and friendly. They’ll likely appreciate that you reached out to them, and will be more inclined to help you get settled into your role. You can also ask your manager to introduce you to other employees before your first day. This is especially helpful if you will be working remotely, as it can help you familiarize yourself with the company’s software and your fellow remote workers.

It’s normal to have a few hiccups in your first few days at a new job. However, it’s important to evaluate whether your issues are a result of transitional jitters or an actual problem with the position or company. Ask yourself if you’re having trouble with the workload, if you don’t like your manager or if you feel uncomfortable in the office environment. It’s also a good idea to consider what your personal life is like, including how much you value the stability and benefits of your current employment situation.

Having a solid plan and setting realistic expectations can help you adjust to your new job. Take steps to prepare before your first day, such as making a list of the materials you need for your new role and checking in with human resources about any other questions you might have. You can also test your commute the night before, or at least scout out parking options for your new workplace to avoid showing up late on your first day. Make a good first impression by wearing clothes that are professional and appropriate for your work environment. Also, make a note of any questions you have for your immediate boss or team so you can address them early in the day.