The first month of a new job can be quite stressful. Here are some simple tips to help you settle into your new workplace.
- Participate in an orientation program as soon as you commence employment. Your orientation program should include orientation to the workplace, organisation, and if appropriate to the health service, health region/district, health site and department/ward.
- Ask questions. From 'Where's the bathroom?' to 'Which tool do I use for this task?'. It's OK to ask for help! Your co-workers will feel good about doing whatever they can to assist you. Let them. It's always better to have to ask the right way to do something than to try to figure it out on your own, mess up, and have to do it all over again.
- Use your lunch break to get together with your current co-workers (this will give you a chance to get to know them and their interests).
The National Rural Health Alliance have some additional advice:
- It's likely that your new workplace will be different from anywhere you have worked before. No one is expected to know the nuances and complexities of the rural & remote context from day one. Be prepared to say what you do not know or understand, or have not previously experienced. For many, those very differences and challenges make rural and remote area practice one of the most rewarding of all forms of health.
- There is much to learn, but also much for you to contribute in your new work context. Be prepared to share your knowledge and experience from elsewhere with the health team in your new work setting.
- Get involved in the workplace and actively participate in your orientation. Don’t just be a passenger. There is so much you will be able to contribute, even if you feel a little nervous at first. People will help, if they know you will let them, and that you are ready to go the extra mile. It will be well worth the effort in terms of your job satisfaction.
Take a look at our Strategies to Support Orientation page for some more tips and hints.
Settling into Work & You
- Have you settled into your new workplace well?
- What additional steps can you take to settle in?