Guide: how to introduce yourself to a new team
By Indeed Editorial Team
Updated 23 November 2022 | Published 30 November 2021
Updated 23 November 2022
Published 30 November 2021
The Indeed Editorial Team comprises a diverse and talented team of writers, researchers and subject matter experts equipped with Indeed's data and insights to deliver useful tips to help guide your career journey.
First impressions are important, particularly in an office environment. If you make a good impression on your team from the start, they may be more welcoming and willing to share advice and constructive feedback which helps everyone when starting a new role. How you introduce yourself to new colleagues depends on your new role and level of seniority. In this article, we explain how to introduce yourself to a new team, whether you're a new colleague, a manager or a contractor working from home, with tips and templates included.
How to introduce yourself to a new team
Here are a few steps on how to introduce yourself to a new team whatever your position at a new company:
1. Be confident
Prepare in advance so you can come across as a confident person or leader. You could practice in front of the mirror until you feel confident introducing yourself in a way that feels natural and not robotic. If you're prone to fidgeting and nervous gestures, hold something in your hands, such as a cup of coffee or a file.
2. Speak clearly
Speak clearly to make sure everyone in the room can hear you. Consider the size of the room and how far away the people you're talking to are standing. Try to find a good balance so you're not speaking too loudly or too softly.
3. Use positive body language
Smile often, maintain eye contact and wave when you introduce yourself. Use open body language and positive hand gestures. This can make you more likeable and approachable when meeting a new team.
4. Set up one-to-one meetings
It's important to make people feel important by showing them that their feedback and opinions matter. If you're a new colleague joining the team, find time to introduce yourself to all your co-workers. If you're a manager, setting up meetings with each person in the team is a sign of good leadership. Take 5 to 10 minutes for each member of the team and ask them a few questions such as:
What do you do here?
What do you like about what you do?
What don't you like about what you do, and is there a way I can help?
How to introduce yourself as a manager
Introducing yourself to a new team as a manager is different to the way in which you would introduce yourself to colleagues. Here are some tips:
1. Take the initiative
When leading a team, it's important that you set up a moment to introduce yourself to the whole team, rather than waiting for them to come to you. If you're unable to introduce yourself to everyone at once, you can send out an email or arrange one-to-one meetings with your team members. After getting to know them in a professional setting, you can invite your team members for lunch to create the opportunity to bond and talk in a more casual way.
2. Consider the attributes of the team members
The way you introduce yourself depends on the type of team, company and culture. First impressions are important and can have a lasting impact. If the company is relaxed, consider a more informal introduction in which your your leadership ability will still be visible.
3. Write names down
When meeting a new team, you may have a long list of names to remember. As a leader, it's important to make each person feel recognised. Write down names and job roles so you can understand how the company works and who you can contact.
4. Be open, enthusiastic and positive
When starting a job as a manager, it's important to create a likeable and approachable feeling. This helps your team members to feel comfortable sharing valuable feedback. Smile, use positive body language and use the word 'we' when speaking about any actions to reference the team.
Template for introducing yourself as a manager
Here's a template you can use when preparing to introduce yourself as a manager:
'Hello everyone. My name is [name]. I'm the new [title]. During my [years] of working as a [role], I've learned that people like you prefer the kind of manager who enables their team to work self-sufficiently and collaboratively. You require clear responsibilities, a place to work without distractions and exciting projects to work on. I have heard great things about how you work here at [company name] and the [products or services] you create and I'm looking forward to being a part of that.
My main focus is to analyse all the good things you're already doing here. Perhaps, together, we can find some areas for improvement to make our work easier and more efficient. I would like to talk to each of you when you can share any ideas and insights on how we can achieve this goal. Together we'll build an approach that allows us to do our work in the best possible way.'
How to introduce yourself to colleagues
Here is an example of how you can introduce yourself to your new team members:
1. Introduce yourself as soon as you get the right time arises
Ask your manager for a team introduction or take the initiative to greet anyone you come into contact with. For example, you may meet someone at the water cooler or in the kitchen while making tea who may or may not be a part of your team. Take this moment to smile and introduce yourself. This helps you to come across as likeable and it also helps you figure out the company structure.
2. Consider sending an email
If you're unable to introduce yourself in person, you can send an email out to your team or the company introducing yourself. List some of your hobbies and interests and encourage people to come and say hello when they have a chance. If you're working remotely, make sure to message your co-workers to introduce yourself.
3. Ask questions
After introducing yourself to a new team member, ask questions to create a conversation and find out more about them. For example, you can ask what work they do, how long they have worked at the company and what their interests are. Having these conversations helps you create a connection and recall their names or details about them more easily.
4. Remember you're more than your job title
Introduce yourself as a whole person in addition to your title by adding some personality. You can say, for example, 'Hi, I'm James Smith, one of the few South Africans working for this UK company. I work in the marketing department helping companies increase their brand awareness and revenue.'
Include a piece of interesting information about yourself, such as your specialisation and expertise and more details about your department or division. Whether it relates to your personal life is up to you.
Template for introducing yourself as a new colleague
Here's a template you can use when introducing yourself to a new team:
'Hi everyone, my name is [name]. I'm the new [role]. Previously, I worked at [company name] for [years or months]. I heard a lot of good things about your work during my interview and I'm excited to be a part of the team. Outside of work, I enjoy [hobbies and interests]. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all.'
Template for introducing yourself to a new team by email
Even if you work from home, it's important to introduce yourself on your first day at work. Here's a template you can use:
Subject line: [Project name] - New [role or job title]
Hi [names of your colleagues],
My name is [name]. I'm the new [title].
I'd like to set up a quick call to introduce myself and discuss ways of working. I have [years] of experience [list experience]. For example, I worked on [project name] for [company name].
During the upcoming weeks, I'll focus on:
[list of what you plan for the next weeks]
Please let me know if [time and date] works for you to discuss our next steps. I am looking forward to working together.
Disclaimer: The model shown is for illustration purposes only, and may require additional formatting to meet accepted standards.
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