New job: This is what new colleagues expect of you
New job, new start; that is the theory at least. Pleasant colleagues are an important wellbeing factor not only in the induction phase. This article explains how you can best fit into a new company, get to know your colleagues quickly, and what not to do as a newbie.
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What interests does the new colleague have? Will he fit into the team? Is he a team player or a lone wolf? It is not only you who has certain expectations of a new job, your colleagues too have expectations of you. If you want to prove yourself at your new job, you should integrate as quickly as possible into the team and deliver the expected performance.
These are the expectations that other employees have of newbies:
- Sharing the workload: Confirm to your new colleagues that you will be sharing their workload. Score points with your professional competence, without showing off.
- Integration into existing structures: Being eager to change things is not popular in newcomers. Therefore try not to transform work processes to begin with, even if your ideas are good. Your colleagues expect that you will fit into the existing structures and will not disrupt the familiar order of events. You will have your opportunity, without treading on people's toes.
- Be friendly: You should approach new colleagues openly and with friendliness. Avoid gossiping and try to observe office structures instead.
- Be prepared to learn: Remember, if you don't ask you will never learn. So don't be afraid of asking questions. However, do try to solve things yourself, so that you do not become an additional burden (see below).
- Names, names, names: No one will mind if you don't know all the names after a week. After the first month however they should have stuck.
What not to do
- Additional burden: Do not become a burden to your new colleagues. Work as much as possible independently and ask questions at the right times and in summarised form.
- Hiding mistakes: Nobody's perfect. Particularly in the induction phase mistakes will happen. What matters is that you do not quietly hide these mistakes, but take responsibility for them. Better to grasp the nettle, apologise and learn from the mistake.
- Competition contest: You should be particularly careful if new colleagues see you as a competitor. Rise above things and try to calm the waves with friendly conversations.
- Medical appointments, private conversations or holiday requests during the probationary period are other things you should avoid in the initial phase.
In summary, for the first three months the aim is to find a good balance between making your mark and fitting into the new job. Because even if you have been brought in as a specialist, you still have to fit into the existing team.