Going to a new job and joining a new team is always exciting. You never know what to expect and how to behave correctly. In addition, almost every second job interviewer says that a close-knit and supportive team is essential. Yes, it’s understandable – in addition to work, colleagues will have to spend 40 hours a week side by side. If there is no understanding between people, then in the end, you will feel a lot of discomfort.
CMA consulting will share with you five tips on how you can quickly find common ground with colleagues in the new workplace.
Your relationship with the team will not start when you walk through the doors with a cake for your newly minted colleagues. But as soon as you think and decide to apply for the job. In the modern job market, it is okay and even somewhat mandatory to do some preparatory work for the company you are interested in as an employer. You should not rest on your laurels if you are a winner in the fight for this position. Start preparing for the meeting with the team: study the list of contacts on the homepage and find out if anyone you know is among them. It would be great to see familiar faces or names right from the start. Try to understand what colleagues like to do after work, and maybe there are common topics for discussion. For example, you can visit the company’s social media page and look at photos taken at various events.
Communicate with new colleagues and be open
Joining a new team, you certainly would like, as if by magic, to know your colleagues better. That would be cool if, on your first day of work, someone handed you a notebook or emailed you a document with the characteristics of all your colleagues. But since these dreams are utopian (although it’s a great idea!), you’ll have to learn to get to know each other and cooperate, just like in any other relationship. Don’t forget that you, too, will be a dark horse for your colleagues at first, and they may feel a little shy in your presence, too.
To get mutual communication off on the right foot, be ready to talk about yourself while observing how other colleagues interact and react to different things.
Be conscientious, and don’t be afraid to take responsibility
No need to go head over heels in trying to prove that you are the best because you have already been hired with the expectation that you can cope with the tasks entrusted to you. It’s much more important to show your bosses and colleagues that they can count on you – if you promise, you’ll deliver.
Ask for help and help yourself
It’s perfectly normal not to know anything when you start a new job – you’re learning, and it’s an integral part of the job. You should have the courage to ask for help, so you don’t get stuck in a puddle.
Moreover, to fit into a new team, you must be willing to help others. Try to use every free minute to ask colleagues how you can help them. Who knows, maybe someone needs someone to talk to about a problem or someone who can’t formulate an answer to a customer’s request. Demonstrate a willingness to help, and get the job done flawlessly, and you’ll soon win the favor of your colleagues.
Have lunch with your colleagues
Enjoying a meal is what brings people together. Lunch is the best way to exchange thoughts, emotions and talk about themselves, not about work. To get used to the new workplace as quickly as possible, find out how your department’s employees are used to spending their lunchtime and offer to keep them company.