Starting a new job is never easy. A new work schedule, unfamiliar tasks, different office culture, and most important of all, new colleagues. You don’t have to focus on the limitations of having a new job though, because there will always be positive aspects. If you’re worried about stepping into your new office, there are a few things you can do to prepare yourself. Think of them as part of the handbook on beginning a new job. Now, here are some of the things for you to prepare for and remember:
1. Optimism is Key
Looking at every situation you have within your workspace in a positive light makes things a lot more enjoyable and keeps you motivated. You can pass this onto your colleagues when you approach them, whether it be for work purposes or just to socialise. Smiling can help brighten your day, and your good mood might rub off onto others, making for an overall office space.
2. Bring a Healthy Snack
It’s your first day and you might not know where the best food spots or stalls are that are close to the office. It might be better in the long run to bring your own food. You can make it as healthy as you like, and even bring extra helpings so that you can share it with your officemates. It will show your willingness to communicate and be a part of the work culture.
3. Learn about the Company You’re Working For
It is best to fully inform yourself about the company you’re going to be working for from now on. Learn about its history, operations and branding. If your company has a tagline, make sure you know it and incorporate it into your work attitude. Think of it as your first assignment. Learning about the company might also help you integrate into the work you’re going to be handling, which will make your first couple of weeks a lot easier.
4. Greet a New Person Every Day
It’s almost certain that someone will approach you and welcome you to the company. But if no one does, then you might have to take matters into your own hands and do it yourself. First, pick the right moment to approach a colleague. You don’t want to disturb someone who might be on a deadline. If you see someone walking toward you, you can greet them and follow this up with some small talk, relating to the work you’re doing or even on the weather.
5. Get a Feel for your Workplace Culture
Familiarise yourself with common practices, such as coffee breaks, any traditions that your colleagues make before starting work or lunches in a communal area or restaurant. There might be some that only involve a certain department so observe them carefully before you approach.
6. Gather as much Information as You Can
Sometimes when you’re talking with other work colleagues, you get a feel for the dynamic between departments and other people within the workspace. This is useful to know when you start to socialise and communicate with various people within your office. There are certain things you can benefit from when speaking to someone who has experience in the company culture, as well as from a professional side. Learn all there is to know so that you have little troubling you from day to day.
7. Check the Distance
Check the location of your office before your first day or even the week before you begin. How is the distance from home to your work building? Do you usually take your car to work or do you use public transportation? You might decide to drive because it’s a little hard to get to via public transport. However, there’s the question of traffic and parking issues. While the drive may be more enjoyable and take less time, your workplace may not have staff parking available. Check in the local area for commuter parking options, street parking or car parks within walking distance of your office building.
Finding a parking space might take up a significant portion of your travel time, but Spacer can help you cut that time right down. You can strategically pick a spot on the platform that you can easily access on the drive to work and is close to your building.
If you have an empty garage, you can rent out your own parking space and earn some extra money. Getting an exclusive parking spot will certainly help you take a load off your shoulders in terms of time. If you might need business storage in addition to parking space, Spacer also provides document management and warehouse storage solutions. Whether you need car storage or storage for business purposes, Spacer will surely have one that matches your needs. Make your first day at work or in business hassle-free. Log on to Spacer now!