How to Adapt to Your New Workplace Environment

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Beginning a new job somtimes brings on anxiety because you want to do well and you're hoping you have the necessary talents but...

These days one does not stay employed in a certain career field all of their life. With various employment areas opening up--some shutting down or evolving into new areas of growth-- and changes being made due to the economy and after effects of a recession, many of us are on the move and starting over in brand new jobs.

With these kinds of changes it will require and force new employees and employers to be more flexible and more educated so that they can not only hold on to their jobs, but flourish and grow, according to the demands expected of them.

Being able to change and grow will be expected from all employees and there are tips that can help. For instance, when beginning a new job it helps to not put undue pressure on yourself. Give yourself at least 60 days or more before you feel comfortable in your new job. No one at your new job will expect you to be 100 percent right off the bat; so don't expect that much from yourself, either. Just do the very best that you can and when you have a question, ask!

If possible, look for a few areas where you can make your talents known relatively soon. Making your talents known early will give you credibility and a willingness to be a part of the team. However, before looking for areas where you can score big, be sure that you know what areas your company considers "big" and "doable" for a beginning employee.

Then, think of the areas where you can grow and improve. With any job it helps to build on the skills that you have and one of the best ways to do this is do a SWAT analysis on yourself. Look at the plus factors in your job skills and personality and the minus factors. Then, find ways in which you can increase the plus factors and lessen the minus factors. By developing friendships in the workplace, you may find some who have the same goals and skills and by working with such a person, you can help yourself as well as another in enhancing your skills and completing your goals.

It is also important to learn the culture of your new job. This will take time and effort but it will pay off handsomely because office politics and getting along with others takes time. By observing and then interacting with others, you will soon find your place in your new environment. Cultures in the work environment are similar to the cultures in individual families. In both areas it takes time and flexibility to fit in but when that is accomplished, one's work, skills and adapting are much more productive and fulfilling.

A few more tips might help with your new job such as always ask for help when you need it, don't take anything personal from anyone and always understand--from day one--why you were hired and what the company's expectations and goals are for you.

One more tip that might help is shortly after beginning your new job begin observng and then writing down a list of "who's who." As you observe your co-workers and managers, write down who does what, what skills they have and who might be your allies. This will help you as the days and weeks go by. It is always helpful to know about the plus and minus factors of those working with you.


Mind Tools. com (2011) Starting a New Job. Retrieved January 23,2011 from:

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EJ Hunter
Posted on Jan 24, 2011