Settling into a new job isn’t always seamless. Try as you might to fit in, you just feel out of place. Sound familiar? If so, you’re not alone.within the first 18 months of hiring or promotion due to a lack of support, and even new hires that aren’t C-suite executives struggle to find their footing.
There are a few things you can do to. Let’s start with three common new hire scenarios that you may be dealing with at work and share strategies for dealing with them.
Considering that you’ll be spending around 40 hours per week at your desk, your work environment can really affect your mood. Is a cluttered workspace killing your neat freak personality? Does your out-of-the-way cubicle make you feel detached from your team? Time to take action.
Solution: DIY and ask for help if necessary
Do everything you can to make your workspace feel homey. Hang photos or decorations, bring in knick-knacks that remind you of fun vacations or goals you want to accomplish. If there are any larger issues to address, such as lighting adjustments or even moving to a new space, ask your manager, coworkers, or facilities manager for help. New hires tend to avoid speaking up since they don’t want to rock the boat, but getting comfortable in your new space is the first step to fitting in.
Tip: If you’re struggling to perform at your best in an open space office,for navigating the world of cubicle-free offices.
Haven’t formed any meaningful friendships? It’s no wonder that you’re struggling to fit in and perform at your best. LinkedIn’sstudy found that nearly 50% of professionals around the world consider work friends essential to their happiness. If you , you may feel like you’re alone on Lonely Island.
Solution: Make friends like a pro
Time to brush off those rusty. Start bonding naturally by sharing some innocent personal information, such as your plans for the weekend, and rather than just talking about yourself. Other ways to build better relationships at work include:
Being surrounded by happy, engaged coworkers is usually great, but maybe not when you feel like everyone else is in on a secret that you missed. While others are raving about how great the company culture is, you could be asking yourself why you’re not as excited in your role. When team members say that they feel a sense of purpose at work, you wonder whether you’re doing something wrong.
Solution: Adjust your expectations
Although it’s tempting to compare yourself to your coworkers, avoid it for better mental health. Just because Sally is full throttle engaged in her role right now doesn’t meant that she felt that way on week three. You may just need some time toand discover how your role connects to the . Adjust your expectations and your timeline—stop pressuring yourself to feel exactly as your team members do.
And don’t forget aboutcan help you connect a lot faster, not to mention help you beat the learning curve. Consider Twitter’s onboarding process, “Yes to Desk,” which gives new employees opportunities to interact with key coworkers and high-level members of the company in low-pressure environments.
The process is designed to welcome new employees and allow them to forge relationships with coworkers all while having specific focus on Twitter’s overall goal—to provide their users with an enjoyable platform for social networking.