Transitions are never easy; on the contrary, they are an uphill task that gradually gets easier with time. Let’s say, for instance, you have started working at a new company; this means a new work environment, new faces, a new office culture, new boss, new responsibilities, and most of all, new opportunities and challenges. Adjusting in the new role will take time and patience. However, understanding the overall system of beliefs, behaviors, customs and the dynamics of the workplace will play a big role in your overall success.
Here are 7 tips on how to adjust at a new workplace:
- To begin with, establish a cultural checklist:
Begin by making a list of qualities you liked and disliked about your last workplace, in cases where you are changing careers. This will help you figure out which cultural qualities you need in the new workplace and those you cannot live without. Develop a sense of self-awareness that will help inform your future career strategies. However, a key note is to approach everything with a positive attitude.
- How is your new employer’s online presence?
Your new employer’s online presence can mirror the actual happenings in the workplace. Is your new employer active on social media? Do they run a blog? Do they have a website where they feature staff photos and bios? If an online culture is easy, fun and interactive, then this may reflect a youthful and vibrant culture offline. The opposite is true if their online presence is more formal, then the culture in the office will be rather conventional.
- Make deductions:
It is always difficult to access a workplace culture from the outside. You can seize the opportunity during the interview to get to know what goes on in the company. Your questions can touch on issues related to work-life balance, and this in a way can give you a glimpse of the employer’s expectations.
- Take a walk around the office:
When you take a tour of your new workplace, look for items that tell the story of the company. This will range from the framed photos on the walls, family photos on desks, accomplishments on office walls, the memos in the notice board, and the arrangement of the office. For instance, if the company has a market-driven culture, typically the financial goals and targets are displayed in plain view or if the company values team work, you might have open-concept work areas where the desks are arranged in clusters.
- A mentor will help you navigate the first days at work:
Look for someone on your team who has a good understanding of how the workplace culture works. This sort of relationship can take many forms and goes beyond professional development. A mentor will also help you avoid the pitfalls in the office and hence, a smooth settling in. Ask questions about things you do not understand. However, approach everything with a positive attitude.
- Keep quiet and observe:
You will learn a lot if you embrace a little silence and listen to conversations without eavesdropping. Remember adjusting takes time. The level of interaction at a workplace can reflect how the team balances building community and growth. Actually you can easily discern this by the way work is assigned. Is the work assigned via emails or your supervisor is likely to have a meeting with you? New employees are susceptible to being overly enthusiastic. It is normal that, when we enter a new work environment, we want our abilities to be recognized—however, at times this may lead us to be overly enthusiastic and talkative. At this initial stage, any carelessness may confine you to the sidelines of your work team and make it difficult for you to fit in. During your first month in a new workplace, it’s important to be highly observant: instead of talking, just get the job done. Use chats and lunch breaks as an opportunity to assess the true behavior and values of your work team and discover who keeps the team afloat.
- Ask around about social initiative and activities:
Getting involved outside the office in activities like sports or community work can help you build some important social links. The initiatives can also be a great indication of what the company stands for.
Finally, remember your new workplace has factored in time for the learning curve, so take your time to learn the ropes of the new place and be sure to communicate effectively in situations where you experience challenges.
Source : Ethiojobs