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5 Ways to Cope as the New Employee

Updated on June 29, 2020
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Having worked for over 11 years, I have a wealth of experience I would love to share with others so they don't make the mistakes I did.

How to Cope as the New Employee

The office is where we spend a considerable amount of time. Its important we get everything about it right; our working relationships, working conditions, and others so we have a pleasant time there each day. Here are five proven ways to cope as the new employee:

The new employee
The new employee

5 Ways to Cope as a New Staff in a Company

I recently joined a new company two months ago, so yea, I'm the newest staff there. Lol. This will be my fifth company in 11 years and one thing I noticed here, like in the previous companies I worked with, is the struggle new staff seem to experience upon joining.

Being the newest staff in a company can be a bit uncomfortable; you're not just trying to prove you're worth being offered the position, you're also trying to learn the way things get done there, while also trying to get along with everyone.

At that time, you have to be at your best, being friendly with everyone and smiling, even if the company clown says a joke that doesn't quite go down well with you.

However, with all these going on, your stay in the company can be a good one, if you go about things the right way.


Here are Three Reasons Why You Should Take Your Time Before Trying to Blend in

1. One of the benefits you'll get taking your time to blend in is that it will prevent you from making mistakes, especially since you're likely trying to make a good first impression, one you might not get a second chance to make.

2. Taking your time will also give you the opportunity to discover if that company truly is what it says it is and if you should keep your employment there.

I had such an experience with a company I worked with briefly. This company was promoted everywhere as having some of the best working conditions and benefits in the industry and as expected, everyone wanted a position there.

I was lucky to get one, however, it took me all of one month to discover the company wasn't all it was cracked up to be. There were no benefits whatsoever; no pension plan, no healthcare scheme, and certainly no good working structure. Needless to say, I spent just five months there before crossing over to another company with way better working benefits.

Having said that, here are

Find Out Who Your Coworkers Are

Every company has different category of people. Take the time to find out who's who so you don't end up moving with the wrong set and in turn creating the wrong image for yourself.

5 Ways to Cope as a New Staff


1. Study Your Environment

Take the first month or few weeks to study how things work in your new company. Every company has its own unique mode of operation and taking your time to study this will save you a lot in time and effort.

It possibly could also serve to endear you to you to your boss' heart as you'd not just be getting things right from the start, but would also be going about it in a way your boss would love.

2. Understand There Might be an Initial Rush for Friendship

At the very start of my employment with my current company, I noticed a rush for friendship the moment I arrived.

Being used to the system, I knew these people weren't exactly coming to me because for me, they were doing so for themselves. In a way, it sorts of paints a person in awesome colours when more people like you, especially the newest staff.

Therefore, even though I liked some of these staff myself and wanted to be liked by and friendly with everyone, I knew I had to take my time so I could get it right.

Every company has different sets of people; there will be the office gossip, the slackers, the loners, the ones who always have something negative to say about everyone, the ones who are experts in working only when the boss is around, the goody-two-shoes, and lastly, the real hardworking ones everyone loves or loves to hate.

Taking your time to find out who's who will help you tons. You wouldn't want to get with the wrong set and end up being seen in that light as it could be quite tough making others believe otherwise.

You want to find out the bad eggs and know to avoid them on time so you don't end up with the wrong image.

3. Find Out the People that Make Things Work and Learn a Thing or Two from Them

Besides the possibility of getting off to a good start once you study your environment and know how the office operates, you would also get to know the power shakers or people that get things done excellently in the company.

Now, this piece is in no way suggesting you become a boot licker to gain favors, but you could get close to these people to learn a thing or two.

These people obviously became excellent due to one or two good qualities they have. It could be they have a unique way of getting things done or go the extra mile; giving a 101% all the time. The fact is that by associating with them, a few of these excellent qualities will rub off on you and soon you'll find yourself practicing some of these styles and techniques.

My immediate boss at work is really great at what she does. I currently work as a teacher in a high school where I have to teach and guide teenagers (who everyone knows happen to have a mind of their own, I might add) and I experienced some challenges my first few weeks there.

My boss on the other hand, has things going quite well for her. She teaches the kids and gets them to do what needs to be done or open up to her on issues they may be experiencing.

What I did on noticing this was get close to her and become a sort of "mentee", knowing there must be something she's doing right which I've likely overlooked.

My time under her wasn't wasted as I have noticed a little improvement in my relationship with these kids.

More Ways to Cope as the New Employee

4. Get a Buddy
I resume work by 7:20am and don't close till 4pm, which means I spend about eight hours at work everyday.

Of course, even though I work most of the time, there are times when I take short breaks just to unwind or clear my head.

At such times I search out my buddy at work, and those few minutes we spend help relieve what stress or pent-up tension I might be experiencing at that point.

Since most of us spend the bulk of our waking hours at work it only smart that we make our working environment as happy as possible.

5. Apply Diplomacy When Dealing with Those Who Don't Like You

There will be that staff (and hopefully she'll be the only one) who doesn't like you and won't miss any opportunity to show you how they feel.

Of course, the fitting reaction is to also make them know the feeling is mutual (and then some), but doing so will achieve nothing, and might even worsen the situation.

Instead, apply diplomacy when dealing with them. Avoid them as much as possible and make your dealings short but polite when you must meet with them.

This is not saying you act friendly if you don't feel that way, but do not go all out to be unfriendly either. Let them know you are there to work and not necessarily to create friendships and you will be as professional as the job requires you to be.

Hopefully when you present yourself this way, they'll be smart enough to also put their emotions alike and show the professionalism needed to get the job done.


A Rule Bible for the New Employee

Three Does as the New Employee
Three Don'ts
1. Always take your take to study your environment.
2. Never rush to make friends without finding out who is who.
2. Get a buddy after some time.
2. Do not join forces with or become the office gossip.
3. Be diplomatic in dealing with other employees who don't like you.
3. Never ignore the way things get done around you.

How to Cope as the New Employee in Your Organization

Conclusion

These tips will tide you through your time as a new staff and hopefully, someone else joins the company to take that tag 'New Staff' off you.

Also, time moves pretty fast and before you know it, you'd have spent a a few months to a year in that position, enough to not be regarded as new anymore. You'd also be very comfortable at this point, that being yourself would come easy to you; all the shyness and slight discomfort that come with being new would have fallen away without you being aware of it.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Farrah Young

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      PoetikalyAnointed 

      2 years ago

      Hi Farrah,

      Thank you for these invaluable tips and good luck at your new job!

      It's never easy being the Newbie at work; it's pretty much like high school lol. You got the same groups/cliques to deal with but instead of a ringing bell, you got a machine keeping track of your whereabouts.

      I've faced similar challenges that you've mentioned here. People do tend to wanna "friend" you upon starting a new job. There will always be a clown who takes them a bit too far sometimes. Unfortunately, my clown harassed me during my entire stay and my immediate boss did nothing! It got so bad that I had to leave after 5 years of employment. You will also come across some fake folks who will smile in your face and stab you in the back. So you're right in saying to take your time to get to know the people you are working with.

      I remember walking into a new place of employment and "feeling" the wrong-ness of the place lol. Needless to say, my stay there didn't last long-not because of me. My so-called "boss" didn't fancy me and let me go after a month. The lady never said a word to me about her dissatisfaction. I was a temp there and she had her secretary call me one morning and they were like "deuces."

      I'll share one more disastrous experience and sign off. If my memory serves me right, this incident happened over 20 years ago. I was working at a particular place of business for a few weeks and all seemed to be cool. One day I showed up for work to find out that the place was closed down...I kid you not! lol Come to find out that they ran into some legal issues.

      Craziness! Hmm, think I might just do a Hub about all of this lol.

      Take care, Farrah!

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