Fresh Start Stress

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Starting a new job can come with anxiety. Actually starting the job can be more stressful than the interview process which precedes it.  There are a few specific thoughts or questions that may run through your mind before the first day at the new office.

  • What will my new coworkers think of me?
  • Will I be good enough to do the job?
  • Was it a good decision to leave my previous employer?

The nervousness is most likely fear of the unknown. It is hard to go into a place not knowing the people, the culture, or the expectations fully.

The easiest way to cope with the change is to have a plan. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Get to know people and let them get to know you. Be open to meeting everyone.

You WILL BE good enough; you are brand new and not expected to move mountains… yet.  Take steps to learn the systems and processes.

Don’t think too much about your last employer, it was a stepping stone to where you are now and it is in the past for a reason. No need to make comparisons between then and now.

The best advice I have gotten when starting at a new company is to stay organized, take notes, learn new things about the organization each day, and listen more than you speak.

Always try to imagine best case scenarios instead of worst case.

In the words of Dr. Seuss, “And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! 98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.”

-Lindsey Meyer


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