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Tips for integrating yourself into a new office environment

Written by Contributor, on 11th Oct 2017. Posted in General

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Accepting the offer of a new job can undoubtedly be very exciting; you could imagine a whole new and very exciting era opening up before you. However, you should still be careful to walk before you can run - and that means checking your intended approach to the new work environment.

If the new job will be in an office, this arrangement could pose other challenges that wouldn't so strictly apply in certain other forms of work environment. Below are some tips for how you can help yourself avoid some probable pitfalls.

Keep a positive attitude

In the time between accepting the job and actually starting it, you could go through various emotions. These could range from delight at the fresh opportunities to fear about how work colleagues might take to you. However, overcoming obstacles can be easier when you stay upbeat.

Maintaining your enthusiasm can work well through attracting your co-workers and, as a result, easing interactions with them. Strong camaraderie could soon develop.

Form a new routine

Sticking to a particular routine day-in, day-out can be great for ensuring that you get through as much of your workload as possible. However, Business Insider says that various routines can be broken during a spell of unemployment.

If you have recently been unemployed, then your productivity levels might be somewhat inconsistent during your early days in the job. If you endeavour to form and manage a new routine, you could soon start remembering what it feels like to daily thrive in an office environment.

Look at how your co-workers interact

If you have never previously worked in an office, it especially bears emphasis that you should study the dynamics between co-workers once you commence working in this kind of environment.

Many offices will have particular "types" of workers; think someone who excitedly gossips, an unfalteringly successful "teacher's pet", and someone who quietly gets on with working effectively. You could benefit from assessing who has which role before you become too chatty with them.

Respect the company's existing personnel and culture

Upon first entering the office, keep in mind that you are very much "the new kid" and will be seen as such. Therefore, resist assuming that people in the office will quickly recognise what you bring to the table, however much that actually is.

Executive coach Stever Robbins advises, as quoted by Forbes: "If you come in as the new kid and immediately start telling people what to do and how, you'll risk alienating people." He notes one possible exception - "if you're coming in as the head of a division or business unit, in which case people may expect you to be coming in with answers."

Be patient

Your efforts to adapt to the new environment may take time to come to fruition. If you were patient in your search for that job, it could be time to exercise that patience again. However, should things still seem awry after at least six months, looking at alternative Dublin jobs could be a wise strategy.

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