MAKE A DIFFERENCE: MENTOR THE NEW GIRL
I started a new job earlier this month, and even though it feels overwhelming at times learning all these new responsibilities I feel like it has been a relatively smooth transition. I owe this smooth transition to the fact that I have already had a group of women at work take me under their wing. They check in on me to ask me how things are going, ask me if there is anything I need to help me do my job, and of course extend an invite to social activities. I don’t feel alone at all. I have a team behind me who is there to help me succeed. It’s that type of support that makes taking on this new position and all the new responsibilities more manageable. I am honestly so grateful.
We’ve all been the new kid before. Whether it was a new school, new job, or a new city. It can be tough having all eyes on you while you aren’t quite sure how to navigate in a new environment. If only there was just one person, just one, to help you out and show you the way. It would make all the difference in the world.
Today I am encouraging to mentor the new girl. Like I said, we have all been there before and we know how scary it can be experiencing something new alone. It doesn’t mean you have to be a best friend or solve all their problems. It just means that you can be a support system to help make their transition easier. So how exactly do you mentor someone? Well you don’t have to necessarily go up to them and declare it. However, theres a few things you can do to naturally move into a position to help someone.
The easiest and most efficient way to mentor someone is to check-in periodically and ask how things are going. Simple questions like “Hows it going?” or “Is there anything you need?” can help someone that might not be sure how to ask for help.
PROVIDE TIPS AND TRICKS
Sometimes being new means you need help navigating responsibilities and prioritizing tasks. How do you know whats important if you haven’t done it before? A mentor providing quick tips on how to complete tasks efficiently and how to prioritize can help prevent a lot of stress for a new employee (and everyone else).
Theres nothing worse than feeling left out and like you don’t belong with everyone else. And it doesn’t necessarily feel right inviting yourself. A great mentor wants people to do well and feel good about themselves. So if there is an office party or an after work happy hour, don’t forget to let the new person know that they are more than welcomed to attend too.
These tips can be applied to various situations whether it be the new girl at work or the new girlfriend in your group of friends. By going out of your way to be kind and mentor someone is an easy and priceless way to give back to someone.
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