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Practice saying yes

Practice saying yes

You might feel overwhelmed, but as a newbie always say yes if someone asks you for coffee, to lunch, to volunteer on a project or just about anything else.Β 

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Make it a point to repeat everyone's name after introductions, and address them by name whenever possible. You need to drill those monikers into your head.

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You're going to enjoy punching the clock much more if you genuinely like the people around you.Β 

Get started on the right foot by being friendly. People like people who are curious about them. Like it or not, "making friends" can be just as important as doing your job well.

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It doesn't matter if it's carrying files to storage or helping a co-worker with a spreadsheet. If you can help in any way, do so. That's where teamwork is born.

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Chances are your predecessor spent a long time putting together that handbook of Standard Operator Procedures.Β 

Learn it, memorize it, and live it. It's your cheat sheet.Β 

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As a newbie, you need to work harder than anyone else. You need to prove you want to be there, you like to be there, and you'll give it your all.

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It doesn't matter where you are in the pecking order or where anyone else is. Treat everyone with the same high level of respect, from the entry-level employee to the CEO. You never know who could have your back, do you a favor--or even be your undoing.

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Research your environment

Sometimes you'll be able to get a sneak peek of what to expect. You might be able to find company videos, YouTube channels. or helpful blogs and forums to prepare you for your first day. You can also glean tips from what employees write on glassdoor.com.Β 

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You might not "get" the weird birthday song yet or why Friday night happy hours are always at the same bar but go along with it. Traditions are important, and giving them a fair shot can help you get integrated.

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Take initiative, look into why things are done the way they are, and take everything as a learning experience. You need to master the field before you start making suggestions.

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Stay positive

While you may be thrilled to take this next step in your career, transitioning into a new position is likely to come with a few obstacles.

It's important to keep your chin up and endure the change with a positive attitude. Showcasing your enthusiasm will likely draw in your co-workers and make initial interactions a bit smoother.

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Be opportunistic

Learn to notice opportunities for potential friends.Β 
We let many friendship opportunities pass us by because we feel awkward or too shy. Instead of small talk, invite them for coffee and get to know them.

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Use the Chameleon Effect

When you lack motivation, sit next to a focused co-worker you don't know that well. This will help you because:

  • You feed off the other person's concentration: we tend to copy the posture, gestures, facial behaviors of people around us.
  • You'll try to be a good role model: we try to impress the people we know the least.
  • It gets you out of your usual environment.

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