How to transition into your new office job: 8 things you need to know

Starting your first office job might be scary… But don’t worry, everyone makes it out alive!
Here are a couple of tips for you:

1. Prepare yourself for a new routine

Ensure that your  home is organised for a quick ‘getting ready for work’ in the morning; work out the best ways to get to work in advance.
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And don’t forget about breakfast.
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2. Ask questions

Find out what time you are supposed to be at work, as well as the time everyone else usually turns up to work. If everyone comes in a bit earlier, you should too.
Find out about the lunch – whether everyone pops out to a cafe or a supermarket, or bring their lunch to work.
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Find out about hot drinks. Is tea/coffee provided? Do you need to bring a cup? Let’s be honest, you will not survive a whole day in the office without a cuppa!
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What is acceptable dress code? Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. 
Unless you want to be a stripper.
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3. Get to know people

Observe dynamics in the office. It can also very helpful to learn everyone’s name.

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4. Establish power structure.

It is very important to know who you would be answering to.
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It might not only be your direct manager.

5. Find an ally.

You might not find a BFF at your new job, but make sure you find someone to support you throughout the transition.
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6. Find out what’s acceptable

Are you allowed to listen to music? Is there a casual day? Do people dress up for Halloween?
Make sure you find this kind of information in advance, so you don’t look like a fool.
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7. Make your space your own.

You will be spending at least 40 hours a week there. Which is around 2,000 hours a year!!!
 So make sure you really feel comfortable at your work place!

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8. Be patient.

Don’t worry, you will learn it all. In time.
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For now, good luck!
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