Changing jobs can be quite difficult. It can be compared to when a family moves and the child is forced to change schools. You are walking into a position where you do not know anyone, you do not know who was in the position before you and his or her reputation, and the most challenging part is that you may be working in an entirely new country. This means that you will have additional stresses to your new working environment because you must seek a new support system and assimilate yourself to the country’s customs and traditions.
The most important thing to remember is that it takes time to adjust to your new surroundings. Every workplace has a different atmosphere. Culturally, some people may be more welcoming in the workplace while colder cultures may accept you perfectly, yet you may not feel that vibe due to culture difference. One you have become accustomed to the new culture you may find it easier to relate with your new coworkers. Also, as a potential foreigner, you should go out of your way to ask questions and learn about the culture. This will show your coworkers that you are not excellent at what you do in the office but you are also an open minded individual who is interested in learning about their culture.
Another way to adapt to your new working environment is by doing what you do best; work. Use your skills, talent and experience to do the best job you can in the workplace. Your fellow coworkers will come to respect and admire you. In addition, your tasks may be a little different from what you are used to. Nevertheless, you can use your experience to help you to mold your skills to better do your work in your new environment.
Try to make friends. You do not have to be too chummy at first, but get to know each other. If you are invited out, make the best out of it. If there is a party, use it as a way to socialize with your coworkers outside of the office. One tip is to try and remember names when you meet your new colleagues. This will go a long way in making friends.
Good communication and teamwork will go a long way in the workplace. Get the ball rolling by showing that you are a team player. You need to show others that they can count on you in the workplace.
Remember, your first day will be your first impression. Dress well, speak well and be on time. You have to perform well everyday but your performance the first day will set the tone for how well you will work in your office and your relationship with your bosses and fellow coworkers. If you follow these tips, your transition period will move along quickly and you will have successfully adapted to your new working environment.