Working with a new team

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Starting a new job can be full of excitement and anticipation but also can be a little scary and daunting. Not only have you got to learn the new position, but you’ve also got to meet and work with new teammates. You are the dreaded but anticipated new person. I’ve worked in a few places where visitors and guests sit in the reception which everyone in the office can see and you do feel like you’re an attraction at a zoo for the first 10 minutes before you’re introduced.

It can be a bit daunting.

You’ve got the banter with your old team, you may have even made friends for life with your previous colleagues and starting again is tricky. Be yourself, be you and shine. It’s the same with life, you may get on great with some of your new teammates and there may be others that you don’t gel with. It’s something you can’t plan and can’t stop.

We’ve found the best way to fit in is to sit back and move slowly. You may find with some people are instantly welcoming and instantly friendly which is always great. They’ll take you under their wing, introduce you to everyone and even be your lunch friend. They’re the ones who make the first day, the first week and the first month of a new job and can be a huge deciding factor as to you sticking it out. People leave jobs very quickly if they don’t have a confidante or friend they can work with.

You spend 40+ hours a week at work – you need to make sure you have that strong relationship with other staff.

The people you need to sit back and move slowly with are the people who may be slightly stand offish. These people want you to prove yourself so all you need to do is just that.

Prove to them that you can do the job, prove you can finish the project, manage your time, manage a team or deliver the results. Take this opportunity to shine and be yourself. Show you can do your job and are more than capable. Be friendly, be attentive, learn and listen.

Every company has someone who has been working for them for years. That is the person you need to sit with and learn from as chances are, they will know a lot more than they’re letting on and will be able to pick up most tasks and do them. Utilise that knowledge, shadow them and use that experience to improve.

We can all be better and do better. So, any chance you get learn from your new team, accept the training, shadow them in their jobs so you have a better understanding on the company as a whole.

People learn from people, people buy from people and people talk to people. Go into a new team with a positive attitude and with the willingness to listen and learn. That will speak volumes to your team and show the company you are someone that will be with them for the long term.

My Virtual Self is an online recruitment platform that allows individuals looking for a job to create a free membership profile and allows businesses to subscribe to the platform and jump straight to a shortlist of suitable candidates. Head to www.myvirtualself.com for more information.

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