You did it – got the job you have always dreamed of, at a great facility.  It is an exciting time, but getting settled in at your new job can be stressful.  The first week on the new job can set the tone for your entire career at this facility.

While most new employees tend to stay to themselves the first few days of their new job, this is the most important time for you to get to know those you will be working with.  This will help with building the relationships with those you will see every day.  Here are a few ways you can make your first week a little less stressful:

  • Instead of waiting for someone to invite you to lunch or breakfast, you should take the initiative. Coordinate a breakfast or lunch, even if you have it brought in, for everyone.  Invite everyone to join you, as a sort of get to know each other function.  This not only will give you the opportunity to start building relationships, but it shows that you are not afraid to “get things done.”
  • Take the time to schedule some one-on-one time with those you will be working with closely, and those you may not. Do not forget to include administration, physicians, and even maintenance.  These meetings could be five minutes or an hour.  The point is to meet the people you may need to converse with, or may need something from later down the line.
  • Make an effort to start a conversation with everyone you meet – in the cafeteria, in the elevator, in the lobby, or making a cup of coffee in the break room. Because you will eventually interact with everyone at your facility, it is a good idea to at least introduce yourself.
  • Take part in company events and do not be afraid to try some new things. Get involved in your facilities community events, and any other events happening.

As you can see, it is important that you build great relationships with those around you during your first week.  You may want to stay to yourself and just get through the first week, however, if you take the time to get to know those around you – you will flourish in your position.

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