How to get along with my new co-workers
September 20, 2007 7:03 AM Subscribe
How do I make sure I get off on the right foot with my new co-workers?
I'm starting a new job in a couple of weeks, and want to do everything I can to make sure I get along well with my new co-workers. There are a few obstacles I'm concerned about:
1) One of the managers is a long-time collegue and mentor of mine (I'm one of his 'best students'). He's the one that brought me in for the job because he knows I have the enthusiasm and willingness to take initiative that he needs in that position. However, by doing just that I'm worried about being perceived as a "brown-noser". In short, I'm concerned about issues of favoritism.
2) I will be paid more than everyone in the entire department except one of the managers. This includes the person I will be reporting to. Although I sincerely hope that most people will not know this, I'm a little worried about bad feelings from my supervisor (whom, I believe, is aware of my salary).
3) I tried really hard to get this job, and worked on "selling myself" per various advice I found online as well as encouragement from my mentor. I did get the job, obviously, but the HR rep and the VP mentioned to my mentor that they felt I was "pretty arrogant" in their final meeting about me. I do have confidence in my skills and abilities, but the last thing I want is to be perceived as arrogant by management - especially when they granted me a larger-than-normal salary for my position.
Help me do the best I can to make friends and not enemies at my great new job!