It’s the beginning of a brand-new year, and with the changing of the calendar comes the opportunity to meet new people and embrace unfamiliar experiences. Whether you’re starting a brand-new job, moving to a different place or making a resolution to broaden your horizons in your own unique way, adapting to new environments can be stressful and intimidating. That’s why it’s important to identify and lean on the people who have your back—and to welcome others who may not have a tribe of their own.
You Don’t Have to Go It Alone
Some of us put an incredible amount of pressure on ourselves to fit in when we are faced with a new environment or situation. While these feelings are completely valid, it is important to stay true to yourself and remember that you are your own person with strengths, areas of opportunity and other attributes that make you unique.
This is easier said than done, though, and sometimes we need to lean on others for support. Those others might be your family and friends, or people in your new environment who might be facing the same anxieties as you.
For example, imagine you’re starting a new job alongside a few other new employees. This new environment can be very stressful, so don’t be afraid to call family or friends after work some days to talk about your experiences and worries. While at work, try to connect with the other new employees so you can bond and support one another as you deal with a mutual situation.
Bring Others Into the Fold
At one time or another, everyone has felt like the “new kid on the block”—scared and nervous to break into a novel environment filled with complete strangers. It can be difficult to take the first step toward introducing yourself and eventually acclimating to the new position you’re in.
It’s critical for each of us to keep our eyes open for people who may be feeling this way, so we can help them navigate their new situation. Invite your new coworker to lunch with you and your colleagues, or stop by your new neighbor’s home to ask if you can help them unpack and move in. These small actions go a long way in making a newcomer feel comfortable and welcome. If everything goes smoothly, you may even have a new member of your tribe—someone you can rely on down the road.
Be Curious About Yourself
Adapting to a new environment is tough, but it can be much easier if you have a deeper understanding of your personality and behavior. To help people understand what makes them tick, we offer a trademarked process called Performance Dynamics® that allows us to provide accurate, timely and insightful information about someone’s personality.
It’s also important to continue to reflect on ourselves whenever we have the chance. Our president, Ross Giombetti, has created a library of “Mindful Moments” videos that offer quick tips, inspirational thoughts and reflections designed to help you improve your soft skills and create a better version of yourself. Watch Ross’s video about how everyone needs a tribe for more on this month’s blog topic.
We’re always here to help you improve yourself and your well-being. Reach out to us today to get started.