Transitioning into your first office job can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. It’s definitely a different world and one of the many specialities that temp agencies offer, but you’ll soon settle into the rhythms of office life. In the meantime, here are a few tips to make the transition to an office based job as smooth as possible.
Learn the Level of Formality
If you haven’t worked in an office before, you might be unsure how to dress and exactly what professional conduct means. Fortunately, though, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Some offices allow jeans and T-shirts, while others require suits. Some are very formal in demeanor and require timeliness, while others are more laid back.
Don’t be intimidated as a new office worker. Even those with years of experience don’t know what to expect on their first day. If you’re unsure, consider wearing your interview outfit on the first day, and then tweak your style once you learn the ropes.
Connect with Coworkers
An office job typically offers far fewer face-to-face interactions than other types of work. Instead, you’ll probably spend a lot of time online or on the phone. This means that you’ll need to actively seek out that sense of connection. Fortunately, your coworkers can fill the void. Sign up for after-hours and team-building activities. Invite a few people to lunch – they can help you ID the skills you need to develop or display.. Stop by the water cooler for a chat. Just be careful not to over-share. Remember to always maintain your professionalism and avoid any office gossip or drama.
Make Your Office Space Your Own
If you’re used to working in a customer-facing role, you may be shocked to find out just how lonely and sterile an office can be. The bright colors and welcoming décor don’t always extend to office space. But you’ll generally be allowed to personalize your own office or cubicle. Ask your boss before doing anything drastic, but you should at least be allowed to stock some snacks and put a few personal photos on your desk.
Take Advantage of Community Spaces
Modern offices typically offer several conference rooms and other community spaces for teams to collaborate. Get out of your cubicle and take advantage of these areas whenever possible. This gives you face-to-face time with your coworkers while also allowing your creativity to flow.
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