You have just been hired into a great new position. You’re planning out how to be a success at your new job, so why would I tell you to plan ahead to be social? It’s important to your career!
Many of us, when we first start in a new job, decline those invitations to coffee, lunch, or drinks. There are good reasons to decline: Money right after a job search is tight, we want to go home and enjoy time with family, or we’re introverted and uncomfortable with new people.
Make the effort to go, it’s worth it. Plan ahead to budget your time, money, and engage family support for these social opportunities at your new position. You’ll be glad you did.
Those casual offers to socialize are a great opportunity to learn more about the company that hired you, the people you work with, and the start of making lasting connections with colleagues. They are valuable networking opportunities, so plan ahead to be social!