How to Fight First Day Blues at a New Workplace

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Make the most of the first few days by understanding the culture of the organization.

How to Fight First Day Blues at a New Workplace

  By Deepa Sapatnekar

Nervousness on the first day at work is almost unavoidable but how you handle that extra bit of pressure is what makes all the difference! Making a perfect ‘first impression’ on the bosses and co-workers is not always a task. Here are a few things you can keep in mind as you embark on your professional journey in a new organisation.

Be your confident best: Most women lose sleep over their appearance on the first day at work. Don’t let that happen to you. Findings from a recent survey by LinkedIn should bring some respite. According to LinkedIn’s What Women Want @ Work Survey, only a small group of professional Indian women feel their appearance played a major part in their careers today, with 71 per cent saying it is irrelevant or has no major impact on their career.

Know your colleagues: As a newcomer, you might not be expected to know everything about your workplace or the work that you will be doing. There will be induction sessions and trainings lined up to familiarise you, but doing your own basic research in advance will surely give you an edge over the others. While the company’s website will give you information about the history of the company, what you need to know are the people that you are most likely to be working with. No better way of doing this than running a quick search for their professional profile of record. A quick search by the company name and location can help you find the profiles of your future colleagues and begin the process of getting to know them.  While you are doing this, you’ll perhaps find someone from your school or college or even someone you share common interests with. These are sure to work as great conversation starters on the first day at work.

Survey the scene: Every organisation works differently. You might be coming from an organisation where it was okay to call your colleagues over weekends or work from home few days a week. Don’t assume that your new workplace has the same culture. Spend some time in surveying the scene, understand how your co-workers interact with each other and follow suit.

Your first few days at any new workplace will be fairly easy. Make the most of this time to understand the culture of the organisation. Familiarise yourself with the processes and policies followed by employees so that it is smooth sailing when the workload increases.

Participate in professional conversations: Participating in professional conversations over lunch or a coffee break is great idea. Keep these conversations simple, yet relevant. Follow credible news sources that are pertinent to your industry so that right from your first day at work, you are well-informed and knowledgeable.

Build connections: Make use of the first few days to make some good and long-lasting professional relationships. Don’t limit yourself to your team or department. Instead get to know as many people as possible whether or not you will be working with them. Finding your own comfort zone at the workplace is the first step to a long and healthy tenure.

All you need is a little bit of preparation to beat that first-day nervousness and step into your new role.

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