An Introvert’s Guide to Starting a New Job
Starting on a new job is exciting. It means a fresh start in your career, and you’ll find opportunities to learn more, try something new, and meet new friends. However, it can also be intimidating. New and unfamiliar faces, orientation groups, introductions, and welcome lunches can be too much, especially if you’re an introvert. It’s not that you’re anti-social.
You tend to prefer one-on-one situations, and it takes a little bit more time to become friends with colleagues. Remember that you’re not alone in your fear of big crowds and new environments.
New Job Tips for Introverts
Here are some tips to consider for introverts who are starting on a new role:
#1 Be early
Getting to the office offers several benefits, especially for introverts. One is that you will get an opportunity to become comfortable in your new space and surroundings. Take advantage of the quiet time and think about how you will reduce work stress and avoid being overwhelmed.
#2 Prepare your introduction
As a new employee at the office, you will definitely be asked to introduce yourself on the spot. It may sound simple for others but for introverts, it may be a bit uncomfortable. The key is preparation before your first day. Create an introduction that provides a brief summary of your work history and other details. Practice saying it in front of a mirror and imagine yourself talking in front of a group of people.
#3 Take it slow
If joining a large group for lunch seems daunting, go with a smaller group instead. When it comes to orientation activities with other new employees, you can try focusing your attention on your seatmate or some people near you. Speak to one or two of your colleagues at a time. Eventually, you’ll be able to get used to talking to familiar faces and be comfortable working with them.
#4 You don’t always have to say “yes”
As a new employee, you may feel like you have to say “yes” to every invite of your colleagues. Of course, you want to make a good impression and not be seen as a snob. But remember that you don’t have to say “yes” all the time. Introvert or not, always go for a happy medium. You can agree to go out for coffee or drinks if you want to, and turn down invites that don’t appeal to you.
#5 Share the work style that you want
Depending on your job or the company you’re in, you can say something about your preferred work style, so you don’t appear demotivated when working with a large group. During your introduction, you can mention that you prefer one-on-one conversations and you tend to stay quiet during meetings or big huddles.
No matter what your job is or the type of industry you belong to, workplaces have a wide range of personalities. In many cases, it is essential in creating a dynamic work environment that can help an organization become successful. If you’re an introvert, bear in mind that there’s nothing wrong with being one.
In an office setting where meeting new friends and sharing your ideas to a big group may be challenging, there are many things that you can do to make you at ease with your new job and environment. Always do what feels right for you. You can also approach your manager and discuss ways to help you be comfortable at work and be productive every day. Good luck and congratulations on your new job!
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