Trying to get settle during your first month on the job can be compared to any other stressful situation in life, not necessarily job related. For instance, a girl meets a good looking boy and want him to like her; a couple meets in-laws for the first time and want to make a great impression; or you move to a new neighborhood and would like the neighbors to welcome you and make you part of their neighborhood. It is all human nature; we all want to fit in, smoothly.
So, what are you supposed to do when you go to work during those first few weeks? You want to fit in smoothly.
First, you must understand that any new job is not only about experience, competency and proficiency. It also requires good people skills. You are the new kid on the block, and all eyes are on you. In order to be successful, you must be pleasant to everyone, including those who are not in high positions. In other words, be humble. You must show people who you really are with your actions. You must earn their trust, and moreover, be approachable and pleasant. This is not to be misinterpreted as having to become your co-workers buddy. However, you will have to find a balance between being a “professional” co-worker and a friend.
However, if instead you are their supervisor/manager, other etiquette is expected from you, in order to be accepted and be able to manage effectively. Remember, that you are now the leader who will be providing directives and guidance that must be followed and executed. Only you, based on your particular situation, can develop that relationship at work with your staff or with your co-workers. Make sure that whichever your situation is, you set the parameters of the relationship from the get-go, and demonstrate with your interactions with them that you are honest, pleasant, friendly, unpretentious and approachable. These tips will help you to survive not only during that first month, but for many years thereafter.
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