Its awkward and a little bit uncomfortable.
But that’s okay. You will ease into it.
Starting a new job is filled with predictable challenges and changes. Here are some suggestions from a recent HBR article about what may happen with you and what to do about it.
*Your Prediction Engine Fails. You aren’t sure what to expect. How could you? Ask people to introduce you around so you start to feel more comfortable. Ask about the culture, as well as the ebbs and flows of the day and the week. Don’t hesitate to ask questions if you don’t understand something.
*You Don’t Know the Language. Jargon is a part of every organization. Sometimes you can feel like you are in a foreign country with the acronyms and different terminology. If it does not seem appropriate to slow down a meeting to ask for definitions, then make a list and ask someone later. Remember to explain jargon to future newcomers.
*You Don’t Have a Squad – Yet. It will take some time. Branch out and try to meet as many people as you can in your first few weeks. Don’t latch on to the first few people you meet. Find out where people hang out socially – lunch, coffee breaks, or, if you are able, after work socializing. Your social integration is not just a “nice to have,” it is very important. Treat it like part of your job.
The Great Resignation has led to lots of people starting new jobs. When you have new people join your team, keep these things in mind and help them acclimate to their new reality. Make sure they feel welcome and very soon your new team will make even more of a Mission Impact.
*Ideas for this blog taken from: Markman, A. “Why Starting a New Job Feels Awkward,” Harvard Business Review online, February 28, 2022.