So, you’ve found a job that you wish to stay at for a little while. Getting comfortable, free coffee and your bosses are everything you’ve ever wished for in upper management. As you unpack family photos (a picture of your pug), set down your favorite coffee mug and start reading through the new hire packet that’s been placed before you, a sudden realization hit. You don’t know a single soul, and now for the majority of your week, 8 hours a day, you are surrounded by complete strangers. Getting hired on at a well-established team, where everyone has chemistry and an established culture, the last thing you want to be is the person that makes that come tumbling down. A lot of people do not take this into account when they get hired on to a new team, and let’s face it, meeting and interacting with new people now is just as terrifying as when you took your first step into Kindergarten. This feeling can be off-putting for many new employees as they transition into their role in a new organization. With new tasks and requirements that lay before them, trainings to undertake; the last thing that they should have to worry about is how they will fit in, and if Greg in accounting will invite you over with the rest of the group after work to play Dungeons and Dragons.

This is why inclusion is such a big deal. Organizations focus on company culture during the hiring process, but very seldom make the effort to immerse new employees in said culture. Understanding what ideals your organization follows and exercising them into your daily routine are two completely different stories. Sitting there at lunch with your microwaved Salisbury steak is a lot more enjoyable when you have someone else to chat with; everyone likes to feel included. When a new hire gets brought on, make an effort as a long standing employee to take an interest, because just like you that individual has hobbies & activities that they enjoy outside of the office, and who knows, you could have something in common. Workplace actions that could increase this level of inclusion could be having each member of the team take the new hire out for lunch a different day of the week, or as simple as small taking around the coffee machine. Small acts like these can lead to a team member feeling like they are a member and vital part of the company culture to which they were just introduced.

No one likes being the outcast, and treated as if they were the new kid just moving into town. Remember what it felt like to be hired on to a new organization surrounded by new co workers who you knew nothing about, and make an effort to reach out. No matter how exciting the prospect of a new job opportunity might be, the fear of being left out and excluded from the rest of your teammates is always present. Bring them a cup of coffee and get to know your new day to day acquaintances, and if you are the new hire, take a deep breath, soon enough you’ll all be surrounding a table, playing your first game of Dungeons and Dragons.