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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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.

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.

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?

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. 

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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Evaluating company culture

Company culture is a necessary part to consider when evaluating whether a job is a good match for you. The work environment can have a significant impact on your experience and satisfaction in your role.

There are some pointers to help you understand the company's culture before you accept an offer.

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Employees also have other concerns that hamper productivity and efficiency. It may be personal problems, a lack of will to work, or any other factor not in a manager's control.

The modern workforce enables employees to be the means of production themselves, using their knowledge, expertise and experience. The output is the quality of the results and the creative decisions made in a day.

  • Clearly define roles and responsibilities, to allow things to flow smoothly.
  • Emphasize accountability: each person has to understand exactly what they’re accountable for in order to grow in a way that benefits both themselves and the company.
  • Democratize decision-making: you don't have to be in every decision-making process.
  • Paint the big picture: understand how even the most (seemingly) menial tasks fit into the overall vision you’ve established.

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