Becoming comfortable within a new workspace – or a new office – is no easy task. Like everything else, change takes time to get used to, and moving to a new office can be quite a big adjustment. Whether you’re joining a new company, moving into a co-working space, or simply relocating, here are a few ways in which you can make the transition easier.
1. Make your space your own
When we wind up in a new office space, or any space for that matter, things can seem a bit unfamiliar. The desk you sit at may not look or feel like the one you had before. If you join a shared space, you may not be accustomed to sitting close to others – especially people you’ve just met. One of the best ways to make a new space feel more familiar is to add a personal touch to it. Bring a picture frame with a photo of your family or perhaps a mug with your name on it, and keep it on your table. These objects are simple, but bringing something to the office that means something to you can make a world of difference.
2. Invest time in getting to know others
If you are just beginning work in a new office, chances are that you will likely be greeted by many new faces – especially if your office is a shared space. To ease the transition into a foreign environment filled with new individuals, make the effort to get to know those around you beginning within the first few days. Come into the office with a positive attitude, a smile, and a warm introduction. Ask others where they’re from, what their hobbies are, and if they’d like to get lunch sometime. By investing time in meeting those around you and making the effort to get to know them, friendships will begin to develop and the environment around you will feel warmer and friendlier from the get-go.
3. Just be yourself
One of the hardest things to do when in a new environment is to simply relax, let your guard down, and be completely yourself. It’s easy to put up walls and not reveal your true self for fear of being judged, criticized, or disliked – especially when around new people. Unfortunately, when we put our guards up, it’s not only we who feel less comfortable around others, but others may feel less comfortable around us. Most people can sense when someone else is putting up a front or only revealing a small part of themselves. As a result, others may feel less inclined to be open in return.
Although it takes time to get to know others and to truly let your guard down, the transition to a new space can be made easier if you are open with those around you from the very start. Bringing personal items to the office, whether it’s a picture frame, a mug, or a small, meaningful object, can not only help you feel more comfortable within your new space, but it can be a conversation starter and a way of representing yourself to others by showing them a small piece of who you are. Follow this advice, and rather than feeling intimidated when joining a new space – especially a shared space – reap the benefits of the area around you. Take full advantage of the opportunity to meet like-minded people with whom you can share countless amazing experiences, collaborate, and strive toward success.