Meeting your new team

Making a good first impression with your new team is essential to setting yourself up for success. By following these tips, you can ensure that you start on the right foot and build positive relationships with your team members from the very beginning.

Two people shaking hands, while to team members happily observe

First impression

First impressions matter. It allows you to make the right start in a new environment and with a new team. As a leader, you need to be able to present yourself as an approachable and competent colleague. You want your team to see you as someone they can trust and respect.

1. Dress the part

First impressions matter, so take the time to dress the part. Whether you’re joining a more casual startup or a traditional corporate environment, it’s important to find out the dress code and adhere to it. First impressions are not only about how you look, but also about how you act. Be punctual for your first meeting and come prepared with questions and ideas.

2. Time for introductions

When you first meet your new team, arrive early and introduce yourself to everyone in the room. Take the time and get to know each member of your new team. Find out what their names are, what they do, and what their interests are. Ask questions and listen to the answers. Showing that you're interested in getting to know them will go a long way in building good relationships.

3. Team dynamics

Now that you’ve met the team, it’s time to start thinking about team dynamics. How will you fit in with the team? What is your role within the team? How can you add value? It’s important to take the time to understand the team’s dynamic and find your place within it.

Getting to know your team

One of the most important things you need to do in your first few weeks is to start building relationships with your team members. These relationships will be key in developing trust and cooperation within the team. Get to know your team members on a personal level. Find out what makes them tick. What are their interests and hobbies? What motivates them? This will help you build stronger relationships and understand how best to work together.

1. Schedule one-on-one meetings

One of the best ways to get to know your team members is to schedule regular one-on-one meetings. These meetings give you an opportunity to check in with each other, discuss any issues or concerns, and set goals for the future. They’re also a great time to catch up on a personal level.

2. Have regular team lunches

Another great way to get to know your team is to have regular team lunches. This is a chance for everyone to relax and chat in a more informal setting. It’s also an opportunity to bond over shared interests and experiences.

3. Get involved in team activities

Another great way to get to know your team is to get involved in team activities. This could be anything from going for after-work drinks to playing team sports. Getting involved in team activities is a great way to build relationships and have fun at the same time.

4. Find your role within the team

As you get to know your team, you’ll start to get a better sense of what your role within the team is. You might find that you’re naturally drawn to certain tasks, or that you have a particular skill set that the team needs. Or you might discover that you have a passion for something that the team is working on. Whatever your role is, make sure that you’re adding value to the team. This could be in the form of ideas, knowledge, or simply hard work. The more value you add, the more respected you’ll be within the team.

Settling into the new team environment

It’s important to remember that you'll need time to adjust to the new team environment. It might take a few weeks or even a few months to feel completely comfortable. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you settle into your new team.

1. Be trustworthy

Trust is the foundation of any successful team. If your team members don't trust you, they won't be willing to share ideas, work collaboratively, or give you honest feedback. If you say you're going to do something, make sure you do it. Show up on time for meetings, meet deadlines, and follow through on your commitments. By being a reliable team member, you can start to build trust within the team.

2. Be an active listener

Active listening is key to effective communication, so make sure that you are really listening to what your team members are saying. Pay attention to their body language and try to understand their point of view. This will help you build trust and respect with your team.

3. Be positive and upbeat

No one likes a negative Nancy. Be positive, optimistic and enthusiastic about the work you'll be doing with your new team. Even if there are challenges, your attitude is contagious. This will not only make you more pleasant to be around, but it will also motivate your team members and help foster a collaborative environment.

4. Be transparent

Make sure that you are open and honest with your team from the very beginning. Share your goals and objectives and be clear about what you expect from them. This will help build trust and avoid misunderstandings down the road.

5. Be respectful

Treating your team members with respect is essential to building trust. This includes everything, from listening to their ideas and opinions to being considerate of their time and workload.

6. Be a team player

It’s important to remember that you are now part of a team, and that means working together towards a common goal. Be willing to lend a helping hand and pitch in where needed. Start working on building cooperative relationships with your team members. By working together and supporting each other, you can create a positive and productive team environment.

Things to take-away

  • It's important to get to know your team and build relationships with them. You can do this by getting involved in team activities, finding your role within the team, and being a trustworthy and positive member of the team
  • It might take some time to adjust to the new team environment, but if you are respectful, listen actively, and cooperate with your team members, you will settle in no time-
  • By being a positive and productive team member, you can help create a successful team environment.

About me

Hi, I’m Lilian. I’m currently the head of a design team in a digital agency in Amsterdam and love to write about leadership and share tips based on my experience over the past couple of years.

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