Starting a new job can be stressful for a list of reasons. Although the main reason for stress is usually related to the actual job or work itself, there are various other factors that contribute to the rise in anxiety that a lot of us get when starting a new job. Here are my top five tips on how to keep stress to a minimum and make a smooth transition into your new workspace.
- Be Punctual
I find that there is nothing more stressful than running late, so avoiding this is essential when starting a new job. Make sure to arrive at the workplace 10-15 minutes early. This means waking up with plenty of time to have a nutritional breakfast, get ready and commute to work. Being punctual proves to your employer that you have good time management and organizational skills and are fully prepared to take on your role.
- Presentation is key
When starting a new job, you want to present yourself in a professional light. You are now representing the company you work for, so it is important that you look the part. Iron your clothes to avoid looking scruffy. The way you present yourself influences people’s first impressions of you, so dressing the part means your colleagues and clients will take you more seriously. Make sure to plan out your outfit the night before to ensure you are fully prepared in the morning.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions and take notes
Asking questions is vital when starting a new job and will help clarify your tasks for the day. Don’t feel embarrassed to ask as many questions as necessary. This shows that you are taking note and are in full learning mode. The more information you can get, the better you can do your job.
- Be patient with yourself
According to a 2018 Robert Half study(link here), 91% of employees consider quitting within the first month of starting a new job. When starting a new job, it’s important to understand that it will take time to settle in and learn day-to-day procedures. You might feel overloaded with new information and that’s okay. Take notes of everything that is new to you so you can go back to check. Be patient with yourself & communicate your thoughts and struggles with your boss and colleagues.
- Stay positive
Finally, a good attitude is key when starting a new job. Start each day with positivity and enthusiasm. Be approachable and friendly, get to know your fellow colleagues, and offer a helping hand when you can.
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