New job, new team….getting off to the best start with new colleagues.

new jobCongratulations, you have a new job!
But joining a new company and team can be a daunting experience.  A new way of doing things, new clients, learning a new product, new system, even a new journey into work. One of the reasons people tend to stay at a company or decide to leave that company is the company culture and the team they’re working with, so making sure you get off to the best start is important.

 

Here are a few tips on making sure you get on well with your new team….

  • Be sociable. Make sure you join your team for every possible social situation for the first few months. You’ll get to know them relatively well from working with them every day but the real bonding starts at the pub or lunches or after work drinks on a Friday. Make sure your team gets to the meet the real you
  • Learn everyone’s name. This also applies to the receptionist / office manager, people often underestimate how much power they wield – they’ve often been at the company longer than everyone else and will be there long after you leave, along with knowing all the senior management team incredibly well.
  • Know your place! You’re the new kid. You’re going to need to ease your personality in, make sure you adhere to the team norms. Of course be yourself but maybe tone it down a little for the first couple of weeks.
  • Timekeeping – make sure you arrive before the working day’s due to start. It shows you’re dedicated to the job and ready to work when called upon i.e. at 9am. At the end of the day look at the other members of the team and see when they leave. You don’t want to be packing up your stuff at 5:30pm unless everyone is doing the same thing.
  • Pull your weight. This applies to everything, especially the team targets.
  • Pay attention and listen. Listen to all the advice you’re given, even if you don’t initially agree with it.
  • Don’t worry about asking people for little favours. People enjoy helping others out and it’ll make them think they like you too…
  • Join in with the jokes. You’re going to be probably joining a team that may have worked together for a while and there’s bound to be some insider jokes. You’ll be a little lost at the beginning but go with it, you’ll get there.
  • Bring in some treats for the team one day, doughnuts, cupcakes, cookies. The sugar hit will pick everyone up and endear you to the team.
  • Do your part when it comes to tea and coffee rounds. There’s nothing worse than making a round of six hot drinks and not having the favour returned.