Getting started with a new job? Here’s how to hit it off with your new team

Getting started with a new job? Here’s how to hit it off with your new team

Published under on January 6, 2020

With a new job comes a whole set of new responsibilities and new people to work with. As a newbie, no matter how long you’ve been working, there’s always that sense of unfamiliarity that holds us back when we’re in a new environment. You’re either too shy to join in or too unsure if you’re welcome or not—but here’s the thing, being with a new team doesn’t have to be a daunting task.

Navigating through uncharted territories might be terrifying at first but the rewards are great.

Don’t hesitate to ask.

No one will take it against you if you ask questions. You’re new and it’s natural for you to not know things during your first few weeks at work. It may be as simple as day-to-day things or could be something as big as company policies but whatever it is, seek guidance from your leaders and teammates. They’ll be glad to help you start figuring it out. Asking questions is also one way to get involved with team activities and initiatives. Don’t hesitate to ask—there will always be somebody who’s willing to help.

Keep in mind that you’re the one for the job.

Adapting this mindset not only benefits your performance at work but also your work relationships. Remember that you were hired for the job because they think that you’re the person for it. Be it skills and capabilities or team chemistry, keep in mind that you’re there because you’re the perfect fit. Stay in the moment, and keep making steps to get closer to your team.

Join in!

There are many company activities designed to bring people together and get acquainted with one another. Let’s be honest—it can be exhausting to get involved with those activities sometimes, but it’s your chance to get to know your new team and your new environment. Join in and have fun! It’s in these moments that you realize how lucky you are to be surrounded by cool and awesome people.

Don’t close yourself in, expand your network.

If you’re working with a team, chances are all of you share similar interests and skills. The next step is for you to expand your network to people outside of your team. Not only will it help you with being more social, you’ll also gain insights and perspectives in the line of work that they do.

Starting a new job and being in a new company is always unsettling at first but if you open up and give your new colleagues a chance to get to know you, you’ll see how truly better it is to have a workplace where you can be yourself and at the same time, grow as a professional and as an individual.

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