Being the ‘newbie’ in the office.

Being new in the office must be the most alien feeling ever. It feels like your first day at school (not that I can even remember what I even had for lunch yesterday). The self-doubt, anxiety and ultimately feeling of uncertainty can become crippling to some (most certainly me) – all of that and you must remember to be friendly to your new colleagues. That mind-talk of ‘will they like me?’ creeps in. The first few weeks will always have teething problems. Having to sit in a room or work in the same building with strangers for 20-45 hours a week is a weird concept when you think about it anyways.

YOU ARE GOING TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH THESE NEW PEOPLE THAN YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

After the first month or so is out the way it will become more of a routine, more natural and hopefully enjoyable. People will warm to you and you will start to feel like part of the team (and furniture – not our horrible faux leather bar stools though). My advice is take time to learn what people like outside work (their hobbies, routines, eating habits – yes, eating habits) as well as how they like to work to give you a good chance of making this process smooth.

On reflection, it is so exciting to be out of your comfort zone and as I always say ‘communication makes the world go round‘ so talk to your new colleagues, communicate areas you need support in and most importantly be yourself. The rest will follow.

Todd Hooker

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