Sunday 23 July 2017

Starting a New Job

Starting a new job can be daunting for anyone. Having a brain that likes to overthink everything makes it 10x harder.

"Will they like me? What if I mess up? Will I fit in? What if they think I'm not good at my job? Would they tell me if I did something wrong? When will I feel comfortable there? What if things don't work out?"

Too many questions ran through my head when I accepted my new job offer and resigned from my old job. In reality, I needn't have worried at all as I'm only a week in and I'm the happiest I've been in a workplace in a very long time. However, it doesn't stop your brain questioning every possible outcome. It's hard to just believe and hope things will work out, but in reality that's all you can do. It's impossible to preempt the outcome of every scenario your overactive brain will throw at you. Especially if it's something that's really important to you (like a new job!), you are more likely to get worried and anxious about it as you really want things to go right. 

Starting a new job can be stressful. That doesn't at all mean it's a bad choice or that it's the wrong thing to be doing. I think it all links in with how much you want it all to work out for the best. I have recently found a few things that can help when joining a new workplace, and make the settling-in process a bit easier.

1.) Be smiley. No-one likes a negative Nancy. Smiles help warm people to you and make you more approachable. I feel that there will be a time and a place further down the road to let people know if you aren't having a good day or are just feeling down.

2.) Don't be afraid to tell people if you aren't understanding things. You aren't burdening them; I'm sure your colleagues would rather teach you how to do things than have to go back and fix your mistakes later!

3.) Go in with an open mind. Again, this helps to make you more approachable and going in without any preconceived ideas about the workplace or the people in it will help you to settle in better.

4.) You may not get on with everyone. This is a simple fact of life; you won't be everyone's cup of tea. But be yourself, and you'll attract new work buddies which will definitely make your new chapter in life much more enjoyable.

These are just from my own experiences over the last week. I'm sure there are many of you out there that have lots more helpful ways to make others feel comfortable in a new workplace. I'll definitely pop back in and add a few more as time goes on!
  I'd really love it if you'd leave your tips in the comments below this blog, as it'll help anyone else who visits this page looking for some advice!

If you are starting a new job soon, I wish you the best of luck and I hope that some of these things help you to feel a bit more relaxed. If you aren't, I hope this blog gives you a bit of an insight into how any newbies might be feeling, and that it helps you to welcome them into your work bubble.

Love, Samantha 


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