You could be a fresh graduate joining a company or a professional joining a new company, whatever the situation might be, socializing at workplace can be quite tricky. In a broader sense, your socializing skills are on stake. On your first day, there is this fear of being judged by your fellow colleagues or by your immediate boss or even by receptionist, and it takes a lot of experience to get used to these first day jitters.
Some might feel it, some might not, but if you are amongst the people who want to create a good first day or first week impression, then read up on a few tips from my own experience.
Lunch Breaks – Lunch breaks give you a chance to communicate and know your colleagues better. And sometimes you get a good one hour to sit, relax and socialize with your colleagues. So, don’t miss this opportunity and start networking. Try to connect with them on a personal level and get to know about the work culture of the company. You might find out some inside scoop from the people who have worked in the organization for a long time. Don’t go over -board either, you don’t want to come across “too-friendly”.
Coffee Breaks – Coffee breaks are fun. Even though they last for a shorter while, these breaks give you a chance to have a one-on-one conversation with your teammates or managers. Remember, when you are new in an organization everyone will have an eye on you. Hence, make sure you create a good impression.
Mid-Week Drinks/Wednesday Drinks – Not all organizations have mid week drinks/wednesday drinks, but if your organization does have this culture, then being a new employee its advisable to at least go for one of the wednesday drinks session every month. Evening drinks are less formal and more relaxed networking opportunities and I am sure you wouldn’t want to miss out on this one. Connect with managers from different departments, as these contacts could be helpful in the future.
Friday Drinks – Friday drinks generally portray the real “you” in front of your colleagues. This is because you are more chilled out and looking forward to the weekend. Try to socialize once or twice a month with your work mates. Some weekends you might have plans, but saying ‘NO’ all the time, doesn’t really help. Even if you are a party animal and can’t do without skipping those club night outs with your friends, try to atleast go for one drink (or a coke) with your boss. It really does make a difference.
Not Sticking To Your Desk – If you are only getting up from your chair to use the washroom, then you are definitely doing something wrong. Move around, get to know people, talk, understand how different departments work and don’t hide behind your Monitor.
These are the most common places where you get a chance to socialize with your workmates. Make sure you make the most of them.
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