Thursday, June 17, 2010
Eeek-new kid in a screwed up workplace
Dennis Nish, WSJ, June 15, 2010, says it’s tough being new in a place hard-hit by layoffs.
The newcomer can be met with suspicion and a burned-out crew seething with resentment over the extra work they have had to do.
If you are in this position, stay calm. Don’t pick up on their anxiety and make it your own.
There may be competing factions because of all the difficulties—don’t take sides.
Offer to pitch in and lend a hand. Try to collaborate and get to know people.
If everyone is in their own world, try to find a mentor or someone to help you break in.
If the company is finally hiring, it’s a good sign. Eventually the other workers will see this.