By: Annmarie Statly
I’ve been the new girl many times! I worked at a temp agency for a few summers home from college, where you get sent to work somewhere for one week and then they send you to another new job the week after that. Definitely not always easy, but I must say it teaches you to be adaptable.
When you’re the new girl you feel self-conscious and unsure of yourself. You’re trying to figure so many things out all at once: the way things work, different personalities, who you can trust, where the break room is, etc. You feel like you have a swarm of butterflies in your stomach.
I am hoping some advice I’ve passed on to my daughter can help all of you, or even one of you:
- Be yourself. You have to be you, it’s that simple. How long can you be a fake version of yourself anyways?
- Tread carefully. You need to give yourself time to adjust, get to know people and understand the dynamics of working together.
- Be kind to everyone. This should go without saying, but you never know who the person that cleans the bathroom is related to. And you never know who you may need help from.
- Don’t turn down an invitation. If co-workers reach out and invite you to lunch – Go! If you say no too often, people will stop asking.
- Get out of your comfort zone. Reach out and invite someone to lunch. Attend company sponsored lunches, sign up for on-site fitness classes, etc. Get involved.
- Be patient. Take your time and don’t try to force things. You will be uncomfortable for a bit, but that won’t last forever.
Remember you’re learning and growing – keep a positive attitude and everything will work out just the way it’s supposed to!
Make it a great day,
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