Start a Blank Board Exchange

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ImageCoworkers comes to the workplace with different expectations backgrounds, relationships and experiences. We have to be careful to pick and choose whom we confide in. If you aren’t sure, then wait. We are all anxious to settle in and get to know our new work family.   Mindful execution will pay off. Here is how. In your first month you’re going to meet a bunch of people that you don’t know. It’s hard to know why someone joined a particular department. Their job may be the same but their path to this career is different than yours. While you’re learning about your coworkers, I suggest you create a blank board and see if others write on it first. I would withhold some personal information, particularly your opinions. You want to start off on a good foot but something you may say can hit a sensitive spot.  Try the Give and Get sequence.  Ask a question or two about a safe subject such as departmental goals or time in service, and see if you receive a response.  If your questions are not answered with enthusiasm or accompanied by opinion, then hold back on your own.    Work on slowly building a rapport before straying too far away from the day to day work routine.  Creating an atmosphere where others can share their opinions will give you a test field on whether it is appropriate to share yours.   

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