4 Ways to Deflate Your New Enthusiastic Teammate

Few things mirror that excitement you feel when after three or four interviews, you’re offered the job. A new job with a new team at a new company holds a lot of possibilities, and many times it’s smooth sailing from day one. Unfortunately there are also many times when that first week starts a slow decline, with the new employee feeling disengaged and disillusioned, doubting their place on the team and their decision to accept the job.

Unfortunately, it’s not the new employee’s attitude that goes sour; often it’s the people and the dynamics around them. Here are four of the quickest ways to drain and deflate the new person joining your team.

1. Stick with Your Lunch Buddies

Day One: Do the whole obligatory “take the new person to lunch on their first day” thing. It’s expected, and it gives everyone an opportunity to posture and position themselves in the eyes of their new rival teammate. Day Two: Resume your regular “lunch buddy” schedule, eating with your normal clique and leave the new person to figure out their own lunch plans (or even better, have the new person cover phones while everyone else lunches together – See No. 3).

2. Show the Company’s “True Colors”

Now that they’ve been hired on, they’re officially one of the team, so don’t hold back. Tell them the real truth about their new job. The boss is crazy. The CEO is really a jerk. Half the company’s leadership didn’t even want the new employee’s new position to be created. The faster the new guy knows what’s really going on, the faster he can start watching his back like everyone else.

3. Give Away the Grunt Work

Finally, you can unload all those annoying projects that you’ve been itching to get rid of onto the NEW lowest ranking person in the department. Covering the phones during lunch. Check. Passing out mail. Check. Boss’s annoying pet projects. Check! Your job just got infinitely better.

4. Forgetta ‘Bout ‘Em

This must be a gradual process (or else it would be REALLY awkward). Day One, lunch with the team, of course. Day Two, you should probably still make a special effort to walk over and say good morning. Day Three – Five, ease up a bit and only speak when you find yourself in the break room/copy room together. Day Six and on out, a casual “hey” in the halls is perfectly sufficient. They probably just want to stick to themselves anyway.


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