A few weeks ago I blogged about being stressed at my new job. For a lot of us, change is tough and can lead to some serious (sometimes debilitating) stress.
Part of that stress has to do with the fact that you really don’t know what you’re walking into. Part of the newness relates to your job duties, but a bigger part has to do with people and processes.
Of the three things (job duties, process and people), I think the people part causes me the most stress. You can learn a product and you can follow processes, but with people anything goes.
I’m thinking the quickest way to get over the new job woes is to get to know everyone that you work with. Be nice, ask questions, share your story and knowledge whenever and wherever you can. You could obviously overdo it – maybe come on too strong, but the alternative is to sit back and watch (and wait) for the chance to know people.
I guess there isn’t anything wrong with that, but to me it seems like it would take that much longer to be comfortable in your new digs.
Maybe companies can encourage and sponsor small group lunches with new hires for the first few weeks of employment. It doesn’t take long to get to know someone in smaller group settings (2 – 3 people) and it will get new employees comfortable and more productive quicker.
I’m in my third week at my company now. By the end of the 2nd week I had enough one on one or small group convos to get over the majority of my stress.