Bing new at work is never a comfortable
situation for most individuals and may make for some awkward situations. Being
the newbie takes some skills to fit into a culture that is already established,
but that is not to say that it isn’t possible. Over the years, we have
established some common awkward situations you face at work when you just
started. Let’s have a look at the common 3.
We have been fighting this situation since kindergarten and it does not get any better at new jobs. By the time you join the company, you would notice that there are already cliques formed and you might not be suited for it. Of course, we all want to fit in on that first day, but it is not going to happen the way we imagine it. If you have a movie scene in your head and believe that everyone is going to welcome you with a cheerleader act, you might be slightly disappointed. If you are an annotated bibliography maker and creator, you might find that your competitive counterparts do not want you there.
This is not something that should make you feel bad or inadequate, but rather empower you do better. You are going to face these types of people throughout your life and it is not your job to try and fir it. Sure, they might not want to invite you into their clique on day one, but just be yourself. As long as you work hard at what you are employed for, these cliques would start to matter less. Also, they may have been working together for a long time and with time; you might start your own clique.
Do not be too hard on yourself if you do not know your boss ‘likes and dislikes on day one. Nobody does and it will take some time to figure out. You are already nervous enough, just to be the newbie, so give yourself a break. A bib creator for example, can only impress a boss through producing good work.
If you see some other staff having good relationships with your boss, remember that it probably took them some time too. Pay attention to what your boss asks for and deliver the best you could. At this point, you just have to do your job well and deliver.
If you are lucky enough, you might make some friends instantly, but be sure that those friendships are positive. Every office has some gossip going on and there are a few selective individuals that are spreading these stories. You might want to fit in with the group and welcome their friendship, but you want to be very careful.
You do not want to be known as a gossip spreader and these type of people will usually point fingers at the new employee when things go south. Gossiping about someone using an annotated bib maker is far worse than just keeping quite. Focus on your own work and you would be excluded from these conversations.