Why is it so hard to be the new hire? or newest person?

Getting a new job is exciting. Moving into a cohousing is exhilarating. But being new at anything is so challenging. It’s hard for the “old ones” to onboard newcomers and explain every in and out of the culture. I already explained how frustrating it was that there were two large trash cans at our property and one was not being picked up anymore. My son didn’t know that when he tossed the dog poop bags so I had the fun job of digging them out and placing them in the right place. I was on the community committee so I worked with others to create a welcoming document for all the details like that to make it easier for the next neighbors.

Now I”m new at a job and it reminds me how hard it can be. First off, at work, they seem to enjoy dumpling on the new hires. All the stuff others don’t like to do.  Kinda crazy since in this market, aren’t they desperate to keep workers? My principal begged us to all show up on the first day of school!

Second, you make mistakes. I had a friend who recently started a new job at the library and was given the task of opening it up in the morning. Unfortunately no one explained the alarm to her so it went screeching and she had to find an awake supervisor to help.  I heard a horror story of a cohousing where they gave a new neighbor a leaf blower. That prompted another neighbor to yell at them for using it. Quite confusing.

It is hard for any organization to look at their culture. The new person comes in and has a lot to figure out like where to put the trash and where they fit in and how things are done around here.  I need patience with myself but I’m already seeing which particular tasks and people I enjoy.  It’s never easy being the new one!!!

About CJ

I was a Spanish teacher for 5 years in the Public School system in 3 different states. I homeschooled and taught at a democratic free school. I heard about cohousing in 2010 and wanted to move in right away. I met a group building one in 2018 and got to move in the summer of 2019. It only took a year to want out.
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