Unity Is Strength - Starting a New Job During a Pandemic

Starting a new job is always an exciting and nerve-racking experience; new surroundings, new people, new technology. Starting a new job just before we all went into lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic has added to those feelings and difficulties. This is the experience that I, and many more people in the country, have found to be the case.

Over the past few months, the Covid-19 pandemic has forced many workplaces to shift how they operate their business and think about new ways of working. We have now settled into a world of widespread remote work and also a new way of office life. 

As a “new starter” I firstly had to meet my new colleagues and team and try to get a basic understanding of office procedures and the new job that I was starting. Following on from induction training and armed with this new information, I came into the office - for just over two weeks - and then the world changed, our domestic way of life changed and the office emptied overnight as many were advised to work remotely.

'Unity is strength…when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.'
Mattie Stepanek

Despite the challenges that remote working versus office working has brought, new work friendships have emerged across the team and the wider workplace. The smaller group of people which has come in every day has become not just colleagues, but friends and teachers. The “new” office team has welcomed and helped me to adapt, offering both physical and mental support and advice; as has the remote team, advising and supporting from home via email, WhatsApp and Zoom. Covid-19 working has definitely brought a whole new outlook and way of thinking and working.

This renewed emphasis around collaboration has led to greater group support both mentally and physically; we have all been there for each other – even just a “morning” has helped to kick start the day. I am sure all “remote” office staff members have felt a renewed sense of community, as we have helped each other support the wider organisation. My advice to other new starters would be, try and meet other staff around your organisation; don’t be scared to ask for help and be supportive to others – you may have skills and advice which could help them.