How to easily connect with new colleagues as a temp

Posted on Monday, October 16, 2023 by Guest BloggerNo comments

Starting a new temporary job can be both exciting and a tad nerve-wracking. You're stepping into a new environment with unfamiliar faces, but fear not! Connecting with new colleagues as a temp can be a breeze, and we're here to share some handy tips to make it happen.

1.    Be approachable from the off

The first step to establishing great connections is to be approachable. Smile, make eye contact, and offer a warm greeting. It might sound simple, but a friendly 'hello' can set a positive tone for your interactions.

2.    Get involved

As a temp, you need to hit the ground running. Jump in and get involved! It's an excellent opportunity to showcase your skills, learn from your colleagues, and bond over shared goals.

3.    Ask questions

People love it when you show genuine interest in their work and experiences. Don't be afraid to ask questions about the company, its culture, and your role. It not only demonstrates your curiosity but also helps you learn the ropes faster.

4.    Listen to those around you

As a temp, you may feel on the outside. But listen carefully, and it shows that you’re engaged. Permanent colleagues may think you’re not as invested. So, if you listen to them with empathy and engage in conversations, it can turn their thoughts around.

5.    Offer your help

Being a team players who is keen to get stuck in and help is vital. Offer your assistance, even beyond your specific role if your workload allows it. It could be helping a colleague with a task or volunteering for additional responsibilities. Your willingness to pitch in won't go unnoticed.

6.    Join in the chats

Socialising during breaks is a fantastic way to connect with colleagues. Join in on coffee breaks and lunchtime chats. It's where casual conversations happen and where you can get to know your co-workers on a more personal level. That will then help in your work.

7.    Remember names and use them!

Make an effort to remember your colleagues' names and use them in your conversations. It shows you're attentive and invested. It’ll help you connect. But also don’t overly worry if people don’t remember your name to begin with – don’t take it personally!

8.    Be positive and professional

Maintaining a positive and professional attitude is key to connecting with new colleagues. Avoid office gossip and focus on building relationships that contribute positively to the workplace environment.

9.    If you can, get social

Hopefully you’ll be included in office socialising events. If you can, make the effort to go. As a temp it shows that you care about the business and your colleagues, helping them warm to you.

10.                  Say thanks

A simple 'thank you' can go a long way. When a colleague helps you out or provides guidance, express your gratitude. It shows that you value their support and can strengthen your professional relationships.

At Love Success, your trusted recruitment agency in London, we understand the importance of fitting in seamlessly with your new colleagues. We always strive to ensure a good match for our temps.  We’ve got many temps who have stuck with us for years because of how well we look after you! So, if you want to be a Love Success temp, register today.

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