Over the next few weeks, kids are returning to school, and many professionals are returning from vacations and getting back to work. Looking back on my work history, September was the month I started a new job. Starting a new job or a new position within the same organization can be stressful as we move into territory that is unfamiliar to us. So, I wanted to remind everyone to Be Nice to the New Kids!

Here are some tips that can help you adjust to a new position:

  • Get to school/work on time.
  • Find out about the orientation program.
  • How long is the orientation program? What does it include? A good orientation program will be at least six weeks.
  • Will it cover information on benefits and general policies and procedures all employees need to know when joining a new company?
  • Does the company have a training program in the area of practice you are moving into?
  • Once done with orientation, will you have a preceptor to help you get organized and learn the specific areas of your role? Ensure the preceptor is open to questions as you progress in your role.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you are not sure of something
  • If you feel tension, talk to your preceptor or your leadership. Nip things in the bud early!

In my experience, it takes six months to become familiar with a new job. You should do well with support from your employer, who will introduce you to the team and set a positive tone.  Meet other staff members, share information about yourself, and show interest in them. Stay positive.

In closing to all readers…..Be nice to the new kids! Remember when you were new and did not know the ropes? Being kind and supportive will help new employees adapt and be an asset to the team!

Best of luck!

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