Starting a new IT job is exciting! You get to meet new peers and leaders as you take on new challenges.
However, you may feel anxious about not knowing any coworkers at your new company. Meeting people while staying focused during the onboarding and training can be difficult.
Fortunately, connecting with your new coworkers can be accomplished in a few steps. The more you get to know the people you work with, the more comfortable you will feel. This helps improve your engagement, productivity, and longevity with the organization.
Take short breaks to walk around and introduce yourself to coworkers. You might want to ask basic questions about their job duties, responsibilities, and day-to-day activities. Or, you could ask about a coworker’s family. Share similar information about yourself as well.
Use this information as a basis for future conversations. The more you see your coworkers, the more you will have ideas of what to talk about.
Ask questions to uncover your coworkers’ personal interests. This may include what they like to do in their free time.
Your coworkers may share your love of yoga, reading, or trying new restaurants. They might enjoy going to the farmers market you frequent on the weekends. Or, your coworkers could have traveled to the same destinations as you.
You can indulge in future conversations about these interests. You also might be able to set a time to engage in a favorite activity with your coworkers.
Ask a coworker if they would like to join you for lunch. Find out what food they like, then suggest a place to go. Or, if you are new to the area, ask which restaurant your coworker recommends.
Being away from the office helps you unwind. You should feel comfortable getting to know your coworker on a personal level.