4 Ways to Get Rid of the Newbie-At-Work Jitters

Getting hired for your first job can really give you an ecstatic feeling at first. However, that feeling of delight and excitement can turn into stress and tension as you go on working on your first day and realize that you’re the youngest and the least-experienced one in the office. While it’s normal to feel intimidated by your more seasoned colleagues, you can shake off the jitters and proudly survive your first day by following these tips.

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  1. Don’t force yourself to be liked by everyone immediately.

Making new friends is one of the few things that you should work on during your first day at work. You can do this by asking your officemates if you can sit beside them at lunch, but try not to appear to be too chummy with everyone immediately. Also, avoid butting in on their conversations or presenting yourself to do something just so that they’ll like you. Remember, you’re not the only one adjusting – they are too.

  1. Bring out and play your familiarity card.

Do you have a friend or a former colleague near the area of your new workplace? Or perhaps you know someone in your new office? If so, don’t hesitate to ask them if you can go with them for lunch or a work break. This way, you won’t end up spending your free time alone.

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  1. Use your free time to explore new surroundings.

Another good way to survive your first day at work is to explore your new surroundings during your free time. Ask your officemates for some accessible routes that you can take to avoid coming late to work. You can also if there are any nearby restaurants or cafeteria where you can buy your food. Knowing where these places are will help you navigate around the office without bothering anyone next time.

  1. Get familiar with your workmates and use first names.

Memorizing the names of your colleagues may take some time, especially if you’re in a large company. If you’re not good at this, opt to use “Sir” or “Ma’am” when addressing someone just to be safe. Other than their names, it’s also important that you know their positions in the company to avoid the first day boo-boos that may end up haunting you for the rest of your stay in the office.

Working in a new environment with new people can be quite daunting. However, if you follow the tips above, you’ll surely feel at home in your new work environment in just a matter of days.

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