How to Manage New Job Anxiety
Whether you have been working for 3 years or 30, starting a new job can be anxiety provoking for many people. It may be very nerve-wracking to start a new job, switch workplaces, meet new people, and/or change careers. However, we all have to start somewhere. Recognizing the anxiety you may be feeling towards your new job is key to being able to overcome it. Here are some tips on how to manage that new job anxiety.
Prepare Yourself: Hopefully by this point you’ve done your research on the company and learned a decent amount about it through your interview process. Either way, think of what you haven’t really looked into yet. Who are your coworkers? What are their names? How many different departments make up the entire company? What are the company’s achievements? Furthermore, try to plan out your new routine ahead of time. How long is your commute? How is your day going to be structured? The more you can prepare yourself, the better and more confident you should feel.
Ask Questions: Don’t be afraid to ask questions! You’re new to this job and this company! It’s better to just ask questions than taking wild guesses and winging it. Additionally, asking the right questions can show your willingness to learn and the effort you’re putting into truly grasping your new role.
Use Positive Affirmations: Encourage yourself. Your mindset is so crucial to your success. If you’re constantly telling yourself that you aren’t good enough, you will eventually believe it. Instead, make sure to validate yourself, acknowledge your past successes, and congratulate yourself for getting where you are now. You were hired for a reason!
Embrace Change: While change can be scary at times, it is an inevitable part of life. So embrace it! Welcome change and the new chapters that will come with it.
Engage With Your New Coworkers: It can definitely be intimidating to be the newest member of an established team. However, its important make genuine connections with those that you are spending 40+ hours a week with. Say hello. Make an effort to get to know people. This will make your time at work so much more enjoyable!