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What to do when you feel like you don't fit in at work

https://www.fastcompany.com/90211103/what-to-do-when-you-feel-like-you-dont-fit-in-at-work

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What to do when you feel like you don't fit in at work
These days, having the right skill set isn't enough to succeed in a job. Hiring managers are looking for employees who not only have the right credentials, but also who have the right culture fit. "Fit is important, especially when it relates to whether there is alignment between a company's and employee's values and beliefs," says Stella Odogwu, founder of Intelle Coaching Solutions.

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How well you “fit in”

How well you “fit in”

These days, having the right skill set isn’t enough to succeed in a job. 

Employers are looking for people that not only have the right credentials, but also who have the right culture fit.

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Assess the situation

Assess the situation

Consider whether your feelings have more to do with how you perceive yourself than how others perceive you. 

Ask yourself if you need to adjust your own self-esteem, or if you are truly experiencing a problem of not being the right fit for the team.

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Seek one-on-one connections

Seek one-on-one connections

Find a coworker that you have some common ground or shared interests with. It could even be a work-related interest.

Fitting in at the workplace is about your ability to build strong, meaningful relationships. And this could be hard to achieve in a large group.

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Put yourself out there

Put yourself out there

Look for small moments of opportunity to connect with people during work hours.

Consider these questions: Are you being social at breaks? Are you making an effort to talk to people at the coffee machine in the morning? Are you attending company social events?

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Find ways to add value

Find ways to add value

One of the best ways to build relationships is to be of value to someone you’re trying to connect with. 

Look for opportunities to leverage your skills and expertise to provide assistance to someone and help them to advance a project. 

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Moving on

If the company culture is not in alignment with your own beliefs and values, you may be fighting an uphill battle to fit in and may consider whether it’s time to move on.

Not fitting in is definitely a good enough reason to move on.

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Start With A Casual Conversation

You’re trying to make the relationship better, so don’t jump to conclusions, be petty or accusatory. State what you’re experiencing in a non-threatening way and follow it wit...

Ask For A Private Discussion

Instead of avoiding the person, seek to address the issue head-on because, if left unaddressed, it’s only likely to get worse. 

Ask for a private discussion with the other person to express what you’re experiencing as pleasantly and agreeably as possible to avoid damaging the relationship further.

Always Be Direct

All people deserve to be treated professionally and with dignity. Remembering that being direct is not in contradiction with professionalism is imperative. Be direct, brave and respectful.

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  3. Resilience. The ability to handle, adapt to, and productively learn from setbacks, failures, and disappointments.
  4. Kindness. Being kind at work involves treating others with dignity and respect, extending empathy and compassion, practicing gratitude, and constructively managing conflicts.