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Chapter 15. Initiation Rites—Coping with... > Acceptance in Your New Environment

Acceptance in Your New Environment

You may be assigned to a department as a replacement for someone the others hated to lose. They will need time to get used to you. You may not have the experience of the person you replaced, and as a result, others may have to work harder for a few days to get you started. It is even possible that someone in your new department wanted another person to have your job, and, as a result, there may be some resentment toward you.

It is never easy to be the newest member of a group. You cannot expect to go from being an outsider to being an insider without making a few adjustments. In the first place, you and your personality were forced upon the group. Probably they were not asked whether they wanted you. You have been, in effect, imposed upon them. Because they were there first, and because they probably have strong relationships among themselves, they may feel that you should earn your way into their confidence. It may not seem fair, but it is only natural for them to look at your arrival in a somewhat negative way.


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