How to Introduce Yourself to Co-Workers


Even if you’ve been through the experience before, starting a new job is full of uncertainty and has a way of making you more nervous than usual. When you start a new job, there's a good chance that you don’t know even one of your co-workers, making it a necessity to introduce yourself. While it may seem awkward to connect with each fellow employee, it’s a task you need to undertake to make a smoother transition into the workplace.

Arrive about 20 minutes early to work your first day. Doing so will impress your managers and give you the chance to greet your co-workers as they come in, rather than attempting to introduce yourself just before you begin your day.

Tell each co-worker you meet your name and explain that you’re just starting. A quick “Hi, my name’s John, first day on the job.” will suffice for a quick introduction. Avoid introducing yourself by stating where you’re from, the job you previously had, your hobbies and every detail of your life. You can relay that information later, when you begin building a relationship with your fellow employees.

Show your personality in bits and pieces. Avoid showing up the first day and showing your full personality. Your co-workers aren’t prepared for that yet; they barely know you. You don’t want to sit idle and quiet in the break room, but jumping into each conversation and acting like you know each co-worker personally likely won’t sit well with your fellow employees. According to CNN Money, Bob Gotwalt of DBM says that respect is more important than friendship in the beginning.

Offer help to co-workers. In certain jobs, your first few days are filled with uncertainty, and you may be waiting for a manager to proceed through workday. When you don’t have a clearly defined task to work on, ask your co-workers if they need help. Even if they don’t, the offer tells them you’re a person who’s willing to help out if needed.

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