Starting a new job, like I did just a few weeks ago, can involve a rollercoaster of emotions; excitement, apprehension and sometimes intimidation, but adding in the possibility of never meeting the team and being completely alone at home on your first day, having yet to step foot in the office, is beyond surreal!
As Covid-19 swoops over the nation, there is still an element of ‘business as usual’ and that includes starting new jobs and enrolling in new roles, remotely. If you’re in a fortunate enough position whereby organisations can still take you on during these uncertain economic times, you can bet your bottom dollar it will be via Skype, Zoom, Teams or any other virtual platform that helps get you up and running from the comfort of your own sofa all whilst abiding by the Government social distancing guidelines. This can be really daunting for a new starter; the uncertainty of not having a team member physically next to you to ask questions, the morale of the office to push you through those awkward first moments or just the routine of getting up and commuting to your new place of work.
However, as I’ve found here in my new role at 3 Monkeys Zeno, not all is lost! This is the ‘new normal’ kids, and it’s really not that bad.
The beauty of the 21st century and technology advancements today means everyone is only a click away – you can see the team in seconds and message them just like you would your friends on your group Whatsapp chat. The sense of community still exists over the internet just as it would face-to-face, if not more so because there’s less distractions around and no one is going anywhere anytime soon so has the time to reply. The induction process completed remotely also isn’t as scary as it seems; popping 20 minute ‘get to know me’ chats in the diary your first few weeks is the ultimate way to ease any nerves you may have starting your new role, remotely. The angst of a physical conversation has been completely wiped when you’re doing it through your laptop, and once your Director has had a ‘Welcome to My Cribs’ tour of your living room, the ice is well and truly broken!
As the weeks roll by and you begin to gain a new sense of normal to your working day, making sure you take regular breaks, get as much natural light and fresh air throughout the day is really important to help manage stress and to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Also, chop and changing your workstation is another great way to jazz up your day when it starts to feel samey – you can pretend you’re hot desking in the office by treating yourself to a few hours on the sofa or even… on your bed!
No one knows what the next few months will hold for us all and when we can resume business as usual or if things will ever quite be the same again, but one thing we do know for certain is in the wise words of High School Musical – we’re all in this together!