Overwhelmed at Your New Job? 3 Things That Will Help (Big Time)

Whether it’s your first job or your fifth, the first few weeks of a new job can be completely overwhelming. Not only do you have to get used to a new team and boss, but you’re suddenly inundated with a whole slew of projects and assignments

2. It’s OK to Accept Help

My first few days at my new job, I got plenty of offers of help from my new teammates: “Hey, I love brainstorming, so if you ever want to talk over your ideas, let me know,” or “I was actually in charge of the newsletter a few months ago, so I can help you come up with story ideas if you want.”

But I tossed the offers aside, assuming they were probably too busy to actually follow through—or that they’d see me as incompetent if I actually took them up on them. I didn’t want to be the new girl who couldn’t handle herself in her new role.

As I become more overwhelmed though, I couldn’t help but wonder why I was ignoring the help that was so obviously at my fingertips.

So, eventually, I did go to my co-worker for a brainstorming session. And I asked the other teammate if she’d mind going over my newsletter stories. Not only did it give me a chance to bond with my new team, but it was the exact help that I needed. Why did I let my pride get in the way of that?

It’s tempting to want to prove that you can do it all on your own. But that overwhelmed feeling will go away much quicker when you take advantage of the resources around you.

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