How long does it take to adjust a new job? Employment

If you’ve started a new job, or are due to start a new role, then it can feel quite daunting, especially if you’ve been out of work for a long period, or it’s your first ever job.

It’s important to remember that adjusting to a new job takes time. As a milestone moment in your working life, your first day in a new job will bring with it lots of changes to your normal routine. It will most likely challenge your comfort zone, too, which takes a bit of getting used to.

Settling into a new job

When you’re a newbie in the workplace, it can feel a little overwhelming. There’s so much information to absorb, from the names of your new colleagues to where the toilets are and your specific duties. Starting new working relationships can also feel a little difficult, especially as you get to grips with all the different roles and personalities you’ll be interacting with on a day-to-day basis.

But how long does it take to settle into a new job? The truth is, there’s no set answer. It depends on your personality, how long you have been out of work, the job role and the environment you find yourself in. For some individuals, getting to grips with the basics may only take a couple of weeks. However, really settling in to the routine and feeling fully comfortable in your role can take anywhere between a few months to a year!

What to do if you’re struggling to adjust

If you’re finding it difficult to adjust to a new job or role, then it’s important to understand why that might be. Is it something to do with the job itself and your duties? Or is it down to the rapport you feel with your colleagues or boss?

It can be really tempting to jump ship straight away if you feel the ‘click’ isn’t happening. Of course, if you find yourself in a position where you feel you’re being bullied or singled out then more drastic action may need to be taken. However, if it’s a case of settling in better there are a few things you can do.

For example, if you’re finding getting used to your duties a struggle or can’t get your head around a particular job, then it’s important to ask for help. If you have a ‘buddy’ or a mentor, don’t be afraid to approach them and ask for more information or even request to shadow them to see the task in action.

If you’re finding adjusting to the company culture difficult, then a positive mindset and getting involved with your colleagues where possible can make all the difference to how quickly you integrate. Overall though, it’s important to remember that adjusting to a new role and its routines will be difficult initially. And that’s OK! Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and speak out if you need a bit more support.

Employment Support from Building Better Opportunities

If you’re looking to take your first steps into employment, or you want to re-enter the workforce after a time away, we can help! At Building Better Opportunities in Stafford and South Staffordshire, our friendly Advocates will support you to create a new CV, find training to boost your skills and confidence and connect you to work experience opportunities and placements across the region.

When you work with us, we are committed to doing what’s right for you. If you have concerns about adjusting to new working routines or finding your place at a new job, we can support you to feel confident in your abilities to take on new challenges and push yourself out of your comfort zone. Contact us to speak to an Advocate today about employment support, welfare support and personal development.