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How To Introduce Yourself at Work

Emily Totura
By: Emily Totura
Feb 20, 2021 • 8 min read

How To Introduce Yourself at Work

So, you just started a new job, but you aren’t sure how to introduce yourself to everyone. Meeting new people at work can be stressful, especially when you’re trying to keep up with learning new systems, juggling a new workload, and so much more. In this article, we’ll share with you some of our tips on how to introduce yourself at work so that you can make a good first impression, create lasting relationships, and make that transition a little easier during your first week. 

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Your Introduction Should be Based on The Workplace Environment  

Before you start introducing yourself to everyone, you must understand what the company culture is like. You may have gotten a sense of this during your interview, but you can also do some online research to help. For example, if you’re working for a larger corporation, it might be better to send a formal email, but if you’re starting a part-time job as a barista, your introduction can be more informal and in-person. In an informal environment, people might expect you to give them a more detailed introduction, like your previous work experiences or interests, so be prepared to share!

Example: “It’s nice to meet you! My name is Sarah, and I am a new business analyst for the operations department. I worked at XYZ before joining this team. I enjoy getting involved with the local community outside of work, and I’m also a yoga instructor on the weekends.”

Keep in mind, how you introduce yourself can vary depending on your role and who, specifically, you are introducing yourself to. If you are starting a new role as a manager, introductions are significant. This will help you establish a rapport with your new employees and earn their respect and trust.

Example: “Hello everyone! My name is John Smith, and I am the new product development manager. I have over 15 years of experience in the industry, working on new product launches for companies like XYZ. However, I can’t do it alone, so I need your commitment and collaboration with the team. Together, we can use our diverse backgrounds to develop and promote new, innovative products. I look forward to working with you all and getting to know each of you better.”

Attend Your Organization’s Orientation Program

Most companies have some sort of orientation program to allow new employees to get acclimated with the organization, so take advantage of this! It’s a great way to introduce yourself to new coworkers. You will most likely meet other new employees that you can relate to and start building meaningful workplace relationships. Your new colleagues also might offer guidance and advice, like what you should know about the company and which people you should get to know for your role. Typically, your manager, or a colleague, will be the one to show you around, so you might not even need to introduce yourself on your own. During orientation, you will meet your team members, coworkers who work in your department, or those who work closely with your team. Make sure that you don’t just wing it and rely on whoever is showing you around. Come prepared with a brief introduction ready in order to make a fantastic first impression. 

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Don’t Be Shy! Ask For a Round of Introductions 

While you shouldn’t stress and try to introduce yourself to every single person on the first day, within the first week, if you haven’t met everyone, ask your manager. Your team members are some of the first colleagues that you should get to know because these are the people you will be working and interacting with daily. Take the initiative and ask your manager to introduce you to the team, and anyone else they think is important for you to know.

Example: “Over the past few days, I have gotten a sense for who works here, but I still feel that I have not been able to introduce myself to everyone. Do you have some time this week for a round of introductions with our team/the XYZ team/HR/etc..?

If you can, it’s better to introduce yourself to coworkers individually rather than in a group setting. One of the benefits of this is that it helps you practice giving introductions. It also allows you to make your introductions more personal. Introductions are a two-way street, so give each person you talk to the chance to introduce themselves. This helps to build a relationship with them so that in the future, if you have questions or need assistance, they will be more willing to help. You don’t need to become best friends with each person you work with, but it’s still important to develop a strong rapport with them.

Look Beyond Your Team

In most cases, you won’t just be working with the people who are directly on your team. In the first few days of your start date, ask your manager if there are other people in the workplace that you will be interacting with a lot that they think you should introduce yourself to. You also might have clients that your team works with consistently, so it’s probably a good idea to introduce yourself to them as well. The best way to do this is through an email. If you know there will be a meeting in the next few days, ask the said person to meet a few minutes early to introduce yourself. Even if they don’t have the time, it looks good on your part to reach out, and they might even ask you to schedule a time for another day to meet with them.

Example: “Good morning, Linda. My name is Juan, and I am a new technical architect on the product development team. I wanted to introduce myself since we will be working together on the launch of our new product.”

This is sufficient enough, but if you feel that this is someone you’d like to talk more to, you can include a sentence like, “Do you have time to meet this week, so I can better introduce myself?” Be assertive in your emails, and remember, the fewer words, the better. Keep it simple!

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Be Bold Without Burning Out

Try to introduce yourself to as many people as you can—without burning yourself out. One of your goals should be to build your network because you never know when these connections will be important later on down the road. If you weren’t able to introduce yourself during orientation, you still have many other opportunities such as company-wide meetings. In a more formal setting like this, make your introduction minimal.

Example: “Hi everyone, my name is Charlie, and I’m a new engineer in the IT department. I look forward to working with all of you.”

You can also explore your organization’s clubs and organizations when trying to network. Your company might have smaller organizations within, like women in business or LGBTQ+. This is a great way to meet new people with similar interests and get more acclimated to the workplace culture. They also might host events, like an opportunity to volunteer. Some of your coworkers might get together after work on Fridays to get dinner. There are many ways to meet new people, so be on the lookout for this. If you are struggling, reach out to a coworker on your team or manager for help.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions

When you are meeting people one-on-one, make it a conversation! You want the person that you’re speaking to engaged in learning more about you. One of the best ways to do this is by asking questions. It will show that you actively listen and value the time they spend talking with you. This will allow you to establish a relationship with them, which will help you out in the future.

Get a feel for the person you are talking to. They might be talkative and want to get to know you on a more personal level, like what your hobbies and interests are outside of work. However, they also might be busy and not have much time to “chit-chat.” So, it’s best to keep your questions work-related and let them guide the conversation so that you don’t overstep. You can ask them about their role in the company, how long they’ve been working there, or how you will be working with them directly. Ask these questions after you introduce yourself.

Example: “How long have you been working at XYZ, Randy?” or “How will we be working together on future projects?”

In these types of introductions, research and preparation play a key role. Yes, you won’t know everything about the company and the people you’ll be interacting with, and they don’t expect you to! how to introduce yourself at work

Ask For an Organization Chart

You can better understand the people and teams of the company through an organizational chart, better known as “org charts.” These help to show a clear reporting structure for all of the employees and roles in your company. Depending on where you are working, this might not be relevant. Still, for larger companies, especially if you are new to the industry, this will give you an overview of its functions. This will then help you decide which employees you should try to introduce yourself to first. Ask someone in Human Resources for an “org chart” to better understand who you will be working with.

Send a Follow-up Email

One of the crucial aspects of introductions is maintaining a relationship with the people you spoke with. The best way to do this is to send a follow-up email. It’s not necessary to send a note to every single person that you spoke with. However, it’s never a bad idea to send a quick thank-you note to someone you will be working with closely or to someone you had an impactful conversation with. Your note doesn’t have to be anything elaborative. Keep it short and sweet. 

Example: “Hi Denise, I wanted to thank you for taking the time to talk with me today. It was great meeting you and learning about your experiences at XYZ. I look forward to working with you more in the future.”

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Make The First Move!

Your manager is busy, so they might not have the time to introduce you to every single person that you should meet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take the initiative to introduce yourself to other coworkers. You can ask your manager to put together a list of people, when they get the chance, that they think introductions would be appropriate for. But you can also take initiative and figure it out on your own. Ask around and do some research! If you work at a smaller organization, it shouldn’t be too hard to discern which people you will be interacting with daily. Even if you are giving a formal introduction, be yourself! Be friendly and engaging as you talk.

It’s Okay if You Can’t Introduce Yourself to Everyone at Work

It’s normal to not meet every new colleague in the first few days of your new job. Focus on meeting the people you will be interacting with frequently, like your manager, team members, clients, and anyone else your team collaborates with.

Also, try not to be offended if some people aren’t as eager to meet you or completely blow off your email. People have busy workdays, and they might not be aware that you will be working with them. If there is someone you think is important to introduce yourself to, don’t be afraid to ask Human Resources or your boss for help.

Starting a new job is stressful, and of course, you want to make a good first impression. Try not to overthink it, and trust yourself. As long as you are friendly and respectful, you’ll be fine! Your new coworkers understand that it can be difficult to get situated in a new job. At one point, they were in your shoes. Soon enough, you’ll be the one getting new employees acclimated and passing along your tips on how to introduce yourself at work!

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