Ask Kim – April 1

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Dear Kim,

I just started a new job a few weeks ago.  It’s not going very well.  My co-workers all seem snotty and don’t appear to want to help me settle in to the new place.  The person training me, doesn’t seem interested in helping me either.  It’s like I’m a bother to them all.  This is a medical office and I thought they would be more professional.  How do I fit in?



Dear Anonymous,

No doubt, it is hard to walk into a room full of strangers and feel at home.  New jobs are always nerve wracking.  I know everyone wants to be liked, but you said it’s only been a few weeks.  Relationships take time. 

Seriously though, I think the best thing you can do is be great at your job.  After all, that’s why you get paid.  Friendships in the workplace are a bonus.  At least for a while, give them the benefit of the doubt they may be extremely busy people.  You said the person training you doesn’t seem interested in your success.  Don’t let that hold you back from learning everything you can about your position.  Where else can you seek out the training and information?  This individual can’t be the only person who knows how to complete the task at hand.  If they are your only resource, talk to your boss about finding other options for learning.

You’re in a medical office and I don’t know if you’re a new physician or nurse?  Maybe you schedule appointments or clean exam rooms?  Whatever it is you do, you have an obligation to do your best.  As far as your coworkers go, don’t let their snotty-ness and lack of support change the way you interact with people.  The way you treat people is a direct reflection on you.  If you shine, people will be much more open to those work relationships you desire.  Hang in there!

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