When starting a new job, transitioning from the old job to a new one can bring its challenges. For many, beginning a new job means having to assimilate into a new office culture, cultivate relationships, learn the ropes of the new position, and establish a reputation. The transition can appear daunting, but there are steps you can take to adjust comfortably to your new job.
While it may seem obvious, you’ll want to begin by establishing relationships with your coworkers and supervisors. Making these connections not only eases you into the company, but also provides reference points as you continue to adjust to your new position. If you’re in a particular department, learn which coworkers are also in your department, what their positions are, and how you will be interacting with them. If you’re on a team, learn who your team members are and how you fit into the dynamic. Establishing your relationships with others will not only solidify your place in the company, but will also provide you with people who can assist you in your transition.
Learn Communication Patterns
As you cultivate relationships, learn the communication patterns. Are there platforms set up that allow coworkers to message each other throughout the office? Are there informal meetings where you can discuss progress as it happens or more structured scheduling practices in place? Does your team exchange constant feedback, or is everyone largely autonomous, occasionally checking in with larger details and complications? Learning communication patterns not only helps you assimilate more easily, but also ensures you aren’t disrupting already established patterns.
When it comes to learning company or position specifics, don’t hesitate to ask coworkers, mentors, or supervisors questions. While you may feel as though you’re being bothersome, asking questions better prepares you for situations or challenges you may encounter later in your position, which aids in a smoother transition and greater productivity. It’s better to ask for help or advice than to fall behind in work by trying to figure out specifics on your own.
It’s imperative you establish expectations with your boss, supervisors, and coworkers as you begin a new job. What are you expected to accomplish? What is the expected timeline for completing projects? By establishing expectations, you will not only determine what your role will be within the company and become better equipped to fulfill that role, you will also establish your value within the organization.
While navigating the transition from old job to new job may appear daunting, you should ultimately feel confident. Don’t stress yourself out by trying to validate your role within the organization. Instead, focus on finding your place within the organization and discovering which skills and experiences you bring that can further the company.