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How to Build Relationships with Your Healthcare Coworkers

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Landing a healthcare job is a huge accomplishment. But it can be quickly followed by feelings of anticipation and anxiety as you await your first day. If starting at a new healthcare facility has you feeling stressed, remember that everyone’s been in your shoes. Most of your coworkers will be happy to help you acclimate.

As a newbie, seeking out coworkers you connect with is crucial in getting comfortable at work. And it’s not just about socializing; having a solid support system will also help you excel at your job.

Here are four ways to build relationships with your healthcare coworkers:

Do your research

Before your first day, take a few hours to browse your company’s website, LinkedIn, and social media profiles. See if you can get a feel for who you’ll be working with – and whether one could be your new work best friend. You might also want to comment on a post or two to let them know you’ll be starting soon. This’ll give you a chance to connect virtually before your first day.

Put yourself out there

Introduce yourself to your coworkers, higher-ups, administrators, and janitor. Being open and friendly will help you get to know people faster and build the support system you need to thrive at your new job. Plus, you never know when you might need help from someone not on your immediate team, so casting a wide social net will probably benefit you.

Ask questions

Coworkers are the best resource to help you learn the ins and outs of your new job. Don’t be afraid to ask them all your burning questions, big or small. Being curious and inquisitive shows them that (1) you’re determined to succeed and (2) you respect their knowledge and opinions. They’ll appreciate your willingness to pick their brain about anything you don’t know.

Don’t forget about the small stuff

The little things can make a huge difference in your day-to-day experience at work. Find out where to get good coffee, grab a snack, or squeeze in a quick nap. Having this insider info will help you get comfortable more quickly. Plus, these spaces are where employees gather for breaks and conversation, so frequenting them will give you more chances to socialize.

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