Do’s and Don’ts for Adjusting to Your New Job

This post is by Lily Sommers, a writer interested in computers, mobile computing, mobile working and the latest gadgets.

After acing your interview, starting a new job can be both daunting and overwhelming. Add these to the pressures of securing your position, adapting to a new routine, and building relationships with your co-workers. Now, learning to manage work-related anxiety can be challenging, but there are proven cognitive techniques that can help you out. With that said, here are some things that you should and shouldn’t do to maximize the potential of your new job.


Adopt the company’s culture.

According to a report published by Randstand Work Watch Survey, 66% of adult employees recognize the importance of adopting a company’s environment to succeed in their organization. To help you get a grasp of the company’s culture, always listen and be observant at all times. Building rapport with your co-workers is also very important; because it helps you assimilate to their culture faster. Report for work early, dress appropriately, and always accept lunch invitations with a smile. Bear in mind that you’re the new employee, and the effort to reach out must come from your own initiative. This way, you’ll be able to blend in and break the ice.

Ask lots of questions.

Sometimes, we’re just too afraid to admit that we can’t do something, and asking for help is the best way to go resolve this concern. In fact, admitting your lack of knowledge in some facilities shows your eagerness to learn.

Think outside the box.

Seeing things from a fresh perspective and coming up with creative solutions are just some of the benefits of being an apprentice. Always show your enthusiasm and creativity in your work. Find innovative ways to help the company grow, and share this new found knowledge with your colleagues. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to lock yourself in your booth and sacrifice your lunch break. A well-balanced office worker is a creative worker.


Compare your previous job to your current one.

No matter how skilled you were in your previous company, it’s still poor taste to brag about it in your current working environment. Instead, this should be an opportunity for you to learn new things, contribute new ideas, and share your experiences with your co-workers. Moreover, understand that people have their own way of doing their work. If you want to suggest something, find the right platform to air your concerns.

Take the first three months for granted.

The first 90 days are crucial for new employees. The first three months can either make or break your chosen career.

Close your mind to improvement.

Never close your doors for improvement, and work closely with your supervisor to achieve a successful working relationship. Schedule one-on-one sessions with your superiors to give them updates on client contacts, projects, and possible concerns that may arise. This is also the best way for them to gauge your worth as an employee. Trust your mentor and ask advice from the right people; it will help you build a stronger career within the company.

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  • Jonathan Jones

    To add to the don’ts:

    - Don’t overwork yourself; otherwise, you’ll burn yourself out and you won’t know it until it’s too late.


  • Pramod Kumar

    First three month is crucial- tolerance helps you in adjusting and shining in new environment. This is important in the era of globalization.

  • Kurt Allan

    Starting a new job is tough. It doesn’t take long for the “newness” to wear off and the realization of the new position to sink in. I like the advice above, particularly asking plenty of questions. Learning as much as you can about the new role, employer, co-workers, products etc. (regardless of how much experience you bring to the job) is key in getting off to a good start.