Just got into a new environment? Or maybe this is your first day at work?
Being the new kid in the company can be quite scary. It is normal to feel a bit lost, because you are not sure how your new colleague will be like.
You will ask questions like,
“Are they easy-going?” or “Will they accept me?”
It doesn’t matter if the company have 5 employees, or 500 employees, your first impression counts.
Great introduction to your new colleague can be difficult.
But fortunately, you will get a little help from your supervisor, or human resource department who will help to introduce you to your coworkers.
What’s left, it is totally up to you.
Starting off your new job great will help you in building both professional and personal relationships with your coworkers.
And getting to properly introduce yourself is a very important ingredient in building that great relationship with your co-workers.
Learn these tips for introducing yourself at your new job and be the superstar new employee that your co-workers will like.
7 Helpful Tips to Introduce Yourself at First Day of Work
1. Know Your Environment
There is generally 2 ways to introduce yourself:
- Casual Introduction
- Formal Introduction
When you are in the new environment, it is important for you to “fit-in”.
First, get an rough idea of the environment in your new workplace.
Next, consider your new workplace’s environment before determining if you should introduce yourself in a formal or casual way.
And always remember, your dress code plays a big part as well!
Or experts advices to check with the human resource before you come for work.
“You need to learn the company culture before anything else.”
Think up of a simple introduction that you can use to introduce yourself to your co-workers. Your introduction will include your name and job title.
“Hi, John here. I am the new Marketing manager.”
Example – General
In a simple introduction, you will be expected to talk more about yourself when you and your team are in a more relaxed setting. You can talk about your career, interests or even hobbies.
“Nice to meet you. My name is Jesse. I am the new accounts analyst.
I worked at ABC Company for one year before joining this company. Outside of work, I enjoy doing yoga and reading novels at the beach.”
Example – People Leaders
The way you introduce yourself depends on your role in the company and the people you are addressing. As a people leader, a proper introduction to your new team can help you gain your team members’ respect. This will help to establish yourself as a leader and not just a boss.
Thus, in these cases, you may find it better to give a longer introduction.
“Hi team, my name is Peter Thomas, your new marketing manager.
Previously I worked as marketing manager in ABC Company and have 15 years of experience marketing a wide array of events, from conferences to international sports events.
I believe I can lead this team to even more success. However, I cannot produce great marketing results alone. Which is why I need your utmost commitment and cooperation. Together, we can achieve great things.
Marketing is an team effort. And I am excited to work with all of you.”
Most big companies and even some smaller companies will have orientation programs that helps new employee to settle into the company. Orientation is basically one of the best times to introduce yourself to your peers, who might just be as lost as you.
Tip: When a group of new colleagues gathers together, this may just be the best opportunity to make friends with colleagues from different department.
If you are one of the lucky few where your company has an orientation program, remember to take the opportunity to introduce yourself to as many colleagues as possible.
Knowing someone in the company can help you calm your nerves and feel more comfortable in adapting into the company.
Often, your manager or a senior colleague will be helping to show you around the company and help you with the introductions. They will introduce you to your team members, colleagues from the same department and sometimes even with colleague which are from other departments that you will be interacting often.
Example – Simple and Quick Introduction
“Hi, I am Jeff from the Marketing Team.
This is my first day with the company, it is great to meet you.”
3. Ask a Team-member to Help Introduce You
On your first day of work, the few first person you will meet will probably be your team-members. These people are some of the co-workers that you will probably work most frequently with.
If in any case that the person who helps you on the orientation does not introduce you to the team (this do happens sometimes). Probably you may want to take the initiative to ask for an opportunity to meet your team members.
Not only it is important for you to get to know your team early. It is good to let them know that you are keen to get to know everyone in your team, you are excited to be a part of the team.
Example – Ask to Get Introduced
“I am excited to have met a few people this morning, but I will really want to get to know the people I will be working with.
Do you think we can go meet my team members?”
Tips: In a team, there is usually more than just a few person. Take the initiative to introduce yourself to your team members one by one. This will help you to build rapport with each of them and make it much easier for you to talk with them in the future.
Example – Simple Introduction to Your Team Members
“I’m Mike, the new engineer. Nice to meet you.
We will be working together in the future and I am excited to be a part of the team.”
4. Know Co-Workers from Other Teams
In many companies, you will be working projects with co-workers from other teams or department. Introduce yourself to these colleagues who are outside of your own team. Getting to know each other early can help you to create a positive working relationship early for both you and your colleagues. This may even help your team to work more efficiently.
Talk to your colleagues and find out which are the colleagues that you will interact with often.
Do a simple introduction to them and show them that you are excited to work with them in the future. This can be made easier if your seniors can help you to introduce you to them, otherwise, just take the initiative and make the introduction yourself.
Example – Introduction to Co-Workers of Other Department
“Good morning. I am Sam, a new production engineer from the manufacturing department at the 2nd floor.
I am looking forward to work with you in the future. See you around.”
5. Make Introduction an Habit
Most first introduction are made during the orientation of on your first day of work. You will probably meet your team-members and people whom you will work closely with in the future. But it is just as important to get yourself introduced to more people in the company, those whom you will see each day.
You may want to set “S.M.A.R.T. Goals” to get to know everyone in the company.
Find opportunities for introduction to your other co-workers enables you to make more new acquaintances and friends in your company. This helps to let you settle in faster and feel more comfortable in the new environment.
There are many other situation where an introduction can be made:
- Taking a Lift
- Coffee Break
Even if you do not get the chance to make introductions to someone during your orientation, you can introduce yourself to your coworkers in many other ways.
Example – Before Meeting
You can also casually introduce yourself to the people around you before the meeting start.
“Hi, my name is Sammy, I am the new account manager.
Can you let me know what we will be discussing in this meeting?”
Example – At Meeting
Your manager may formally introduce you to the attendees. Usually, in this case, just keep it as brief as possible, so the meeting may proceed.
“Hi, my name is Grace. I’m the new copywriter.
My pleasure to work with you.”
Example – At a Lift
Just keep it as brief as possible, basically it is the same idea of an elevator pitch.
“Hi, my name is Rav. I am the new copywriter.
I just saw your presentation at the meeting yesterday and it is really interesting.
This is my first week with the company. It is my pleasure to work with you.”
6. Power of Question
Remember the time when someone keep talking, and you just wish that you can leave the room? A conversation is a two-way interaction. Simply just ask your new coworkers some simple questions after your introductions can help create a two-way conversation and helps to build a rapport with them.
This simple trick can lead to positive connection with your new colleagues and have a great relationships in the future.
What questions should you ask?
Remember, this is not an interview, so please do not ask them “Tell me about yourself” or “What are your strength and weakness”.
Since this is your first few interaction with your new colleagues, it will typically be more appropriate to ask work-related questions.
Example – Questions to Ask Your Colleagues
“Nice to meet you, Daniel. What are the projects you are working on now?”
“That sounds amazing, John. Will we be working together in the future?”
“Sam, it is great knowing you! So how is the working culture is like over here?”
7. Organizational Chart
Asking around helps you learn about lots of new information. But sometimes, having a copy of your new company’s organizational chart can guide you to know co-workers you should get to know first.
Some big corporations have a welcome pack that will be given to the new employee during the orientation.
In this welcome pack, there usually will include a organizational chart or a seating chart.
If you don’t find it anywhere, you can request it from your human resource department, they will probably provide a copy to you.
These organization chart can help you to identify where your fellow co-workers are seated in the office. Get yourself introduced to those you will be working with in the future, this will help you in your work.
Tip: Ask a co-worker from your team to help you in the introduction, this will allow the introduction to be much smoother and easier.
Example – Introduction to Co-Workers of Other Departments
“Hi, are you Amenda?
I am Cassy from the sales department, great to meet you.
I heard we will be collaborating on some projects in the future.”
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