New in an Office? Here are 3 Things to Do Right Away

Julie Shenkman
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The first few days in a new office can be challenging for any new employee. For administrative professionals, who often need a thorough understanding of the company and its people to work effectively, the first week is particularly overwhelming. By making it a point to get settled quickly, you can make the transition go smoothly.

Create a Routine

One of the most discomfiting parts of starting a new job is the lack of routine. Without it, you might feel adrift, as though you don't quite know what to do with yourself. From your first day forward, start building a new routine. Look out for things that are similar to your last administrative job, like answering emails or dealing with paperwork, and work them in immediately. Observe the workings of the office and note things that will affect your usual routine. If you're waiting for training sessions to begin real work, start with a simple morning coffee to help you feel normal. According to Business Insider, a routine can help you work efficiently and effectively.

Create Relationships

As a new employee, it is easy to feel alienated or alone. As an administrative professional, however, good relationships are crucial. In your first few weeks, go out of your way to begin building relationships and participating in company traditions. Don't wait to meet your new colleagues; introduce yourself to everyone in your suite of offices and ask about their jobs. Let them know that you're a new employee and share a little about yourself. Later, when you run into people around the office, they'll be more likely to stop to chat, introduce you to other co-workers or extend happy hour invitations. In the first few weeks, accept every invitation that comes your way, whether it's for lunch or after-work drinks. The faster you become a known entity, the easier it will be to do your job.


Every business has its own corporate culture, which can be a challenge for a new employee. For administrative professionals, who often work closely with a variety of managers and departments, it is important to adapt to cultural norms from the get go. Observe and note the preferred communication methods, dress code and unspoken office politics and make an effort to adapt. As a new employee, you'll often be more productive if you fit in at the beginning; it is easier to implement your own systems after you're established. As an added benefit, you'll avoid offending or irritating valuable contacts.

By jumping into your new position with two feet and participating fully, you can manage the stress of being a new employee. Though the first few weeks of a new job can be a struggle, a bit of effort on your part can smooth the path.


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