As you become accustomed to the short-term contract way of life you will quickly realize how little time you have to make friends and acquaintances. Each destination presents itself with the wonderful opportunity of meeting new people and learning about all sorts of different backgrounds, cultures and what not. You should welcome these times with open arms because therein lies some great chances to share experiences and so forth, plus you just might learn something! Here are some tips on how to make your transistions from assignment to assignment easier:
- Be Open Minded – As you move from city to city you’ll quickly notice differences between them all and with the people who live there will be no different. You’ll see all walks of life and you should relish in the fact that we are all one-of-a-kind. Most likely there will be some things that are just like home, and there will also be a few that are unique to the area. Just because you’re not used to way things are done in your new location doesn’t mean that it’s the wrong way. Keep an open mind, you may just learn how to accomplish something you never knew how. Remember you’re the new one and the others are getting use to you as well, you don’t want to make any waves just yet.
- Something in Common – You already have something in common with your colleagues, you all work together. That’s easy. Now try and find something else outside of work that you may share an interest in. There’s movies, music, art, food… The list can go on and on. Finding those few things you share can take your working relationships to a whole new level and best of all you probably will have gained a friend or two!
- Be Yourself – You’ve heard it time and time again, but it is by far the best thing to do. Not only are your colleagues new to you, you are new to them and they need time to get acquainted with you and your ways. Let them see the true you.
- Remember Names – By remembering who these people are and calling them by their names is a great way to show respect and it shows that you have an expressed interest in them. It’s also a great way to make a good impression!
Hopefully these tips will help you grow many fruitful relationships with your peers and the like. It will make the time on your assignment a far better experience for all those involved and will hopefully result in friendships that will last a lifetime!