I’ve never had a hard time learning the nuts and bolts of how to perform a new job. Plunk me down with a manual, or show me how to do something once or twice, and I’m usually good to go.
Where I usually struggle is all the soft stuff: how to read the social norms and the hierarchy of the new place I’m in. Even in a small workplace, there are “go to” people. Then there are folks who don’t want to bother with a new person no matter what. There are the gossipers, and there are the rabble rousers. There are proper channels to go through for certain things, whether it’s time off, office supplies, or meeting arrangement.
I don’t make new friends easily either. I can do it, but it’s hard and I usually stumble a fair bit. Working a new job is like that too. I’m aces at getting the job done; it’s all the other extraneous office “stuff” that I have difficulty with. Don’t even get me started about the topic of Office Politics. That’s a subject I just don’t even understand! Why expend all that energy and time? Ugh. I deal with Office Politics by the “Staying Out of It” method. I just try to get along with everyone, even people I don’t especially like on a personal level.
I’m getting to the point at the New Job where I’ve been shown how to do the basics of the actual “work” part of the day. I’ve stumbled a little with the social stuff, but I’m navigating that as best as I can. I have a tough time making mistakes, but owning up to them and putting them behind me seems to be the best way to handle them.
Apparently being an adult and taking responsibility for one’s actions seems to be the right thing to do. Huh! Who woulda thunk it?