If you work 9-5, Monday to Friday, then the chances are that you spend more time with your colleagues than you do with your own friends and family.
Bearing this in mind, should you be doing more to integrate into a new role, especially considering the amount of time you spend at work?
Starting a new job can seem daunting, but it can be so much easier if you embrace your new team early on.
Why is integration so important?
Whilst it’s great for your career, integration can be good for your personal life too. In fact, having a great working relationship with your colleagues could actually improve your mental and physical health.
Joining a new team is a great way to expand your professional network, integrating effectively could make these connections worthwhile and beneficial in the future. Connect with your new colleagues on Linkedin, but don’t forget to network with them in real life too!
Integrating into your new job: our tips
Below we’ve listed our top five tips for starting a new job and fitting into your new team. They could also work well if you’ve moved teams within your current business.
- Look and listen. Some businesses have unwritten rules about their practices, or your boss might prefer to be sent work in a certain way. Being perceptive in your first few days can help make life easier, and help you get stuck in to your team’s way of thinking. Following this tip can also make it clear to your new boss, and team, that you’re serious about life at this new business.
- Reach out. Chat to your new team, introduce yourself to people across the office, and make notes of peoples names and roles within the business. Little things like making tea and coffee can help you remember your team’s names, as well as get you in their good books early on. Life might be different from previous role, but it doesn’t have to be bad! The more people you know, the more likely you are to have someone to chat to if you need some help or advice.
- Make yourself at home. You might feel more confident if your desk is a comforting place to work. Setting up your computer or laptop properly and adding some pictures to your desk can add your touch to your new office, and it could even start a conversation with a team member. It could be easier to talk to your team if you feel more confident, and feeling at home at your desk is a great place to start.
- Find a mentor. Someone who can guide you through the first few weeks at a new job. Some businesses pair new employees up with established members of staff, but if your business doesn’t then ask around to see if anyone wants to go a for a coffee at lunch, and chat to them about their role, and what life is like at work. Employees who have been at the business for a long time can offer real insight into working life, and can also be a great contact for the future.
- Ask questions. Not sure why a certain process is needed, or just not sure where that meeting room is? Ask! Not only will you get the answer you need, but it will also start a conversation which could lead to something more.
After a few weeks you should start to feel more at home in your new job, but there is still plenty to get involved in. Does your business have any sports teams, or run any regular social events? Getting involved with these can keep you excited about coming to work.
As you spend more time at your new job, keep an eye out for other new starters too. You’ve been in their position before, and offering them a tour of the office, or even just connecting with them on Linkedin can be really helpful for your working relationship.
Get more tips on your job search, and starting a new job, here.