Let’s face it, noone likes being the newbie at work. You know the second you walk in the door you’re being judged by every single person’s beady little eyes. Small talk about the weather at the coffee maker only gets you so far as you fast realise you need to step up your conversation game.
The Dress Code & Awkward Intros
We’ve all been there, worrying about what to wear on the first day, dress code – ‘smart casual’ so we wreck our brains the night before questioning whether that’s code for casually smart or smartly casual?! The worst part isn’t even the fact that you decided to don the stained off white shirt with clashing suit trousers, instead it has to be when your line manager decides to raise your blood pressure before lunchtime by briefly and awkwardly introducing you to everybody in the department. You smile and nod, pretending to remember each individual’s name only to find yourself forgetting your own in the midst of internally being an absolute nervous wreck.
Newbie 4 Life
Another question I ask is for how long do we ride the newbie train for? Are you still the new guy 2 months down the line or 12 months until the newest recruit trots through the door?Are you then jealous that or you are no longer the freshest face on the floor or relieved that you’ve now bedded into the background?
I ask these questions as I’m currently the newbie on my floor, I’ve been in my job as a music coordinator for 3 months now and perhaps you still feel new even to yourself until you pass the ever dreaded judgment period of performance known as probation.
I’m quite bad with names in general and I think joining quite a large department doesn’t help the matter yet instead dooms me into referring to almost every person as ‘that lady with the red top or man with the mullet….’Yeah, please pray for me in making it through probation. By the sounds of things I’ll need it.
If you’re new to your job do you feel the same way or do I just have a serious bout of bad luck?
3 thoughts on “The Newbie In The Workplace”
Oh, to be the newbie on a job is rarely fun. First, like you said you have to tackle that question of what to wear on the first day. Ugh. Then, it is being bombarded with so many names.
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I always feel awkward starting a new job and for months after. I never settle in quickly. Until one day I no longer feel weird about going into the break room. The newbie-ness just wares off. Probably going to be different for everyone!
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Thank you for the very reassuring comment Zarah, really great points. 🙂