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Fitting In With The New
by Kevin T.
Fitting In With The New Team
You have just joined a new company and the excitement of
starting something new and unfamiliar is a great
motivator. How do you ensure that you integrate smoothly
with your new company and start off with the goodwill
and positive support of your new colleagues?
The first impression you make is important in how you
are perceived by your colleagues, subordinates and
superiors in a new company. This time of forming initial
impressions is a golden opportunity for you to begin
building the support and trust that you will need in the
You can position yourself in the eyes of your peers as a
person deserving of their support and consideration,
which will help you as you progress along the learning
curve of your new responsibilities.
How do you begin forming relationships on a positive
Introduce yourself, smile pleasantly and offer a firm
Treat everyone you meet with respect and common
Have a sense of humour about the triumphs and defeats of
Expect that things will be done differently in this
company and accommodate yourself to the changes
Accept that it will take time for people to get to know
and trust you.
If English is a second language, ask if the company will
sponsor courses to improve your verbal/written
Take time to observe the company’s culture and what
emphasis is placed on certain values.
Ask questions to avoid assuming that you know how
business is conducted at your new employer.
Give of your time and attention to colleagues seeking
help or advice.
Gain the cooperation of others through being friendly
Accept invitations to go out for coffee or lunch as many
lasting relationships begin in relaxed surroundings.
What are some attitudes and expectations to avoid?
Expecting that things will be done the same way in your
new company as in your previous employer
Not taking time to get a feeling for the company’s
If in a higher position, treating new subordinates
Over familiarity with your boss without first
Trying to change how things are done without having a
Expecting that your knowledge and experience will be
instantly recognized and appreciated
Expecting that overseas training and skills will be
viewed the same way as in your home country
Not taking the time to practice English or taking night
courses to improve your verbal and written English
Expecting rapid promotion without first having proven
your worth to the company
Engaging in gossip or office politics and running afoul
of the power structure in the company
Constantly comparing how things were done differently or
better at your old company
Demanding the time and attention of other co-workers
Being abrupt or short with people and their requests for
information or guidance
Refusing invitations to go out to coffee or lunch with
The relationships that you form in the beginning with
your superiors, peers and colleagues are vital to your
successful career progress. Making the effort in
extending yourself in starting new employment will reap
beneficial dividends in the future.
What about working with people who are less receptive or
difficult by nature but otherwise competent at what they
This is a challenge for you and your maturity level. It
is easier relating to people whom you like, it is much
more of a challenge for you to find the common ground
with people who may be indifferent or even hostile.
Fortunately, it isn’t usually hard to recognize them in
a company as their attitudes or behaviour identify them
immediately! There are some things you can do to begin
softening their resistance.
Ask them their opinion about a process or procedure.
Giving them the respect that they feel they deserve is
one way of disarming prickly people.
Acknowledge their experience and skills when seeking
assistance from them as most people want to be
recognized for what they know and what they have
Ask people with more seniority in the company who are
friendly and approachable in nature their advice about
how to approach a difficult person.
Ask your new boss how you can work successfully with
this person so that the company benefits.
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