How to get along with your co-workers when you've just started your new job

How to get along

Starting a new job can be daunting. You might think your new work colleagues will be sizing you up or testing whether you are up to the job. No doubt you will have to spend some time building new relationships and developing your network, But fear not, we have some handy tips to get you started::

It’s okay to ask for help

A great way to break the ice is to ask a co-worker for help or their opinion on something you are working on. People like to feel that their opinions are valued. Asking for feedback is a great way to bond, and you might actually get valuable insights.

Then, return the favor

Be proactive and volunteer to help the team if the chance arises. It shows your new colleagues that you are part of the team and helps build goodwill.

Offering to cover a co-worker while he or she are on vacation is another way to build trust; by doing so, your colleague will likely be willing to do the same for you in the future.

Be generous with what you know

Nothing makes co-workers get along with you more than when you make their jobs easier. Don’t be scared to share your knowledge – remember they hired you for a reason.

After attending a conference or a workshop, share what you have learnt with your team. The idea is to be a resource provider for your peers.

Generosity, without overdoing it, is part of being a strong team player.

Be engaging!

Try not to turn down all invitations for lunches or after work events. You don’t want to give the impression that you don’t like the people you are working with. You may even enjoy it! If lunches aren’t your thing, look for other ways to engage with your work colleagues. Lots of workplaces will have sports team or other groups so make use of those opportunities. The best way to make a good impression at your new workplace is simple: Be kind and respectful and ensure that you work hard and are competent.

Naomi Chan

Career Coach and professional career hacker at Team Vanna

5 min read

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