How to Introduce Yourself to New CoworkersMay 26, 2020
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Properly introducing yourself to your new coworkers can help smooth your transition into a new work environment. It enables you to build positive, friendly relationships at work with people who can offer you important guidance during your first days at your new job. By following a few key strategies, you can make sure to introduce yourself to your team in a memorable way. In this guide, we review how to make a great first impression on your new coworkers.
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How to introduce yourself to new coworkers
Some companies introduce new employees during orientation, while others let newcomers make connections on their own. Regardless of how your new company handles introductions, seeking opportunities to introduce yourself properly can establish a solid foundation for a happy and rewarding work life. Here are some tips to help you make introductions to new colleagues.
1. Base your introduction on your environment
Consider your new workplace’s environment and determine whether you should introduce yourself in a casual or formal way. Make sure your approach suits your company’s style and culture. Whether the work environment is relaxed or formal, you should usually include your name and job title in your introductions.
Example: “Hi, Dave here. I am the new operations manager.”
In a more relaxed setting, your contacts may expect you to give more information about your career, interests or hobbies.
Example: “Nice to meet you. My name is Laticia. I’m the new graphic designer. I worked at PQR Company for two years before joining this company. Outside of work, I enjoy doing yoga and going to the beach.”
In addition, the way you make introductions could depend on your role in the company and the people you are addressing. As a manager, introducing yourself properly to a new team can help you gain your team members’ respect and establish yourself as a leader. In some cases, you may find it more appropriate to give a longer introduction.
Example: “Hi everybody, my name is Jack Chou, your new event marketing manager. I have 10 years of experience marketing a wide array of events, from conferences to fundraisers. I am good at getting the right people and the right ideas in a particular venue. However, I cannot produce great marketing results all by myself, which is why I need your utmost commitment and cooperation. Together, we can use our talents to get people excited about the events we promote. I’m excited to work with all of you.”
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2. Take advantage of your company’s orientation program
Orientation is one of the best times to introduce yourself to your new colleagues. If your new employer has an orientation program, take advantage of the opportunity to introduce yourself to as many colleagues as possible. Having a more senior employee with you will make introductions easier and more comfortable.
The manager or colleague showing you around will most likely help with introductions, so you may not have to approach anyone yourself. Typically, they will introduce you to your team members, colleagues in the same department and other people who you will interact with often. Whenever you meet a new coworker during the orientation session, you can use the speech you prepared to introduce yourself.
3. Ask for a team introduction
Your team members are among the first people you should get to know because you will be working with them most frequently. If the person who conducts the orientation does not introduce you to your team, take the initiative to ask for an opportunity to meet your team members. Let them know you are keen to get to know everybody in your team or department.
Example: “I have already met a few people this morning, but I would like to get to know the people I will be working with more closely. Do we have enough time to meet my team members?”
If possible, it is better to introduce yourself to your team members one by one. This makes it easier for you to talk to each of them in the future and give you more opportunities to practice introducing yourself to coworkers. In this case, you should express your excitement for the opportunity to work with them.
Example: “I’m Rasheed, the new social media marketing manager. It is a pleasure to meet you. I am excited to be a part of the team.”
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4. Introduce yourself to other teams
Introducing yourself to coworkers outside your team can help create a positive atmosphere for you and your colleagues to work more efficiently. In many cases, you will be working with other teams in the organization, so you should try to establish a good relationship with them as early as possible.
Find out which colleagues you will often interact with, and introduce yourself to them. You can ask your manager or someone from the human resources department to formally introduce you to all the teams connected to your role, or you can make the introductions yourself.
Example: “Good morning. I’m Javier, an engineer in the IT department. I’m looking forward to working with you in the future.”
5. Find more opportunities for introductions
Finding opportunities for introductions enables you to make more new acquaintances and friends in your company. Even if you do not get the chance to make introductions during orientation, you can introduce yourself to your coworkers in many other ways.
During your first meeting, your manager may formally introduce you to the attendees. If not, ask them if it is appropriate for you to make an introduction. You can also casually introduce yourself to the people around you before or after the meeting.
To introduce yourself during a meeting, first determine what kind of introduction you should make. If you are making a formal introduction, keep it as brief as possible, so it will not interfere with the meeting.
Example: “Hi, my name is Grace. I’m the new account manager.”
You can tell your colleagues more about yourself with a casual introduction before or after a meeting. It is also a good idea to ask questions about the meeting.
Example: “Pleasure to meet you. I’m Raj, the new copywriter. Can you let me know what we will be discussing in this meeting?”
6. Ask questions
Asking your new coworkers questions after your introductions can help create a two-way conversation and establish a connection with them, which can lead to positive relationships in the future.
Since you are talking to your new colleagues for the first time, it will typically be more appropriate to ask work-related questions. Examples include what their roles are in the company, how long they have been working there or whether your roles will require future collaboration. You can ask more specific questions after your introduction.
Example: “Nice to meet you, Denise. Will we be working together in the future?”
7. Get the company’s organizational chart
Obtaining a copy of your new company’s organizational chart can help you determine which coworkers you should get to know first. Many companies have welcome literature that includes an organizational or seating chart. If you did not receive one, you can ask the human resources department for a copy.
By looking at the organization or seating chart, you can easily identify your coworkers and find out where each team or department is located in the office. This chart is especially useful for making introductions in a large company. Find out which colleagues you will be interacting with, and approach them to introduce yourself.
Example: “Hi, are you Nazeer? I am Randy from the creative department, and we may be collaborating on some projects in the future.”
8. Send follow-up emails
Sending follow-up emails to the colleagues you have met is a great way to strengthen your relationships with them. It is especially important to send these emails to the people you will be working with closely.
Your emails should be brief and concise. Thank the recipient for providing you with information about the company, and offer to help them whenever they need assistance.
Example: “Hi Roberto, I am delighted to have made your acquaintance on my first day in the office. I want to thank you for the helpful information you provided. If I can be of assistance in any way, please let me know. Regards, Jean Arnault”
Learning how to introduce yourself to new colleagues can help you achieve a long and successful tenure with your new company. After making impactful introductions to your coworkers, make sure you nurture your relationships with them. Good relationships at work can benefit you in many ways, like making your work life easier and improving productivity.