Career Services: Building rapport and developing camaraderie
By Aysha Bell
GCU Career Services
It can be stressful and overwhelming being a new employee. It is also stressful for the hiring manager and/or supervisor when a new hire enters the workplace. These next two months are dedicated to helping both the manager and employee navigate the process for successfully building rapport and developing camaraderie.
This month will focus primarily on the new employee’s transition into a new work environment. It is critical for an individual starting a new job to take the following steps to integrate into a new team.
Step 1: Remain positive
When starting a new job, positivity is important. A new employee will meet quite a few people in the first few days/weeks on the job and also might need to learn many new systems, concepts and procedures. This can be overwhelming!
Attitude is critical during this time. New personnel can, technically, still be in the interview process during the first 90 days of employment. Employers will closely monitor how fresh team members are adapting to their roles. Therefore, remain polite and calm during this stage.
Also, do not forget to exchange the typical pleasantries. Greet fellow coworkers when entering the office and do not exclude housekeeping, security or facilities staff members. Additionally, please and thank you still go a long way in establishing a solid reputation in the workplace.
Step 2: Practice integrity
It can be tempting when beginning a new job to attempt to take on too many responsibilities. Practice open communication with a new employer by asking clarifying questions regarding job duties. Also, if there is any area of misunderstanding, be sure to communicate expeditiously to avoid errors.
Remember, this is unfamiliar territory — tread carefully and steer clear of office politics. Circumstances might not be what they appear, and to involve oneself in situations without clear understanding of the details could be career ending, or at least career limiting.
Step 3: Relax and enjoy
Though it can be a busy time with a new job opportunity, remember all the hard work it took to get to this position! But remain grateful and stay engaged in the journey. This is a time of celebration and reaping the fruits of what might have been a strenuous process.
Career Services is always happy to answer any specific questions you might have about building rapport and developing camaraderie. We also offer assistance with researching career options, building a resume and conducting mock interviews. Call us at 602-639-6606 or stop by our office in Saguaro Hall to set up an appointment with a Career Advisor. Check out www.gcu.edu/careerservices to utilize any of our online tools, which are free to you for a lifetime!