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3 Tips for Being the New Employee at a Workplace


Starting your first day at a new workplace is like walking into unchartered territory. Higher education studies might prepare you for the technical side of things, but incorporating ‘soft skills’ inside the professional sphere is a self-learning process. Expect to make a few mistakes, miss out on a few details, and misread your co-workers during the first couple of weeks.

But all is not lost—with the right guidance, you could go from becoming the awkward new employee to a confident and capable up comer. In this blog, we’ll share 3 tips for being the best new employee in the workplace!

Stay Far Away from Politics

No matter how friendly your co-workers or seniors appear on the first day, workplace politics is a certain part of life. As the new employee, the last thing you want to do is to get involved in some drama and be seen as taking sides. Without the right context, this may get you in some difficult situations.

It can seem hard to steer away from the drama, especially if you don’t know what’s going on and want to be on friendly terms with everyone. The trick here is to stay as neutral as possible during the first few weeks.

Do Your Research

Knowing the type of workplace you’re going to walk into helps a great deal in instilling confidence. Some organizations are quite open about their work culture. If not, there’s a good chance they’ll have some introductory videos whether on their website or on YouTube. You can also visit glassdoor.com to see what current or previous employees have to say about the organization.

This will give you a general idea of how the “average” employee in your department is expected to act.

Don’t Take Things Personally

This one can make a lot of new employees feel uncomfortable. Different managers have different ways of communicating and dealing with their employees. It’s easy to read an email and assume that it’s targeted towards you whereas that’s just the manager’s way of dealing with everyone. Each workplace has its own set of ‘norms’. Learning and adjusting to the work culture can take time.

If there’s an issue that’s causing significant mental stress, don’t be afraid of asking your manager on how to go about the situation.

Still feel as though you’re not ready to tackle a new workplace? Get help from the experts! ORIGIN is a workforce development company that provides career development workshops and employment services for indigenous job seekers in Canada.

Get in touch with us today for more information!

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