No one really loves being the new person at work. Especially if you come to an already established team of people, it can be hard to become an integral part of it and do your job at the same time. And let’s not forget about giving the right first impression to the boss and all of your coworkers. It’s a lot of responsibility to take in and it can be extremely stressful on top of all the work. However, there’re some ways to ensure you have a great time at your new job. Socializing with coworkers and bringing food to the office are only some of them. Read further to find out the rest!
Finding and associating with positive people at work can be a great option for newcomers. Complaints and negativity won’t get you anywhere good, especially at the beginning. Also try not complaining yourself to other workers, who knows what can get to your boss. To make sure you find the positive crowd, you can make these lemon meringue cookies and bring them to share for lunch. This way you can eliminate people who don’t like sweets. And who wants to sit with them, anyway? Jokes aside, desserts usually bring everyone together and it will make you look good. And no one needs to know that half of the ingredients for these cookies are store-bought!
The most important and impressive part that you have to work on is the meringue. Boil on low heat sugar and water, simmer for a couple of minutes and remove from the stove. Beat the egg white to soft peaks and slowly add the sugar syrup. Whisk until the meringue is firm and glossy. To put everything together, place the shortbread cookies on a serving platter, put some lemon curd and meringue on top. Use a small kitchen blowtorch to lightly brown the meringue peaks for the best presentation.
Ensure that you know all about your responsibilities and assess the preferences and expectations. Don’t be shy and ask your supervisor and other colleagues about the details you may not understand. At the beginning your success depends even on small tasks.
But while seeking input and assistance during your first weeks at work is important, it’s also necessary not to come across as too needy and helpless. Try doing something yourself and only ask for aid with some prepared suggestions. Nobody wants to babysit a newbie after all.
After you’ve worked out who you want to associate with and who seems the most compatible to you, consider developing and later establishing positive working relationships. And it doesn’t only include people you like because you can’t afford to make enemies with anyone at such an early stage. But pay the most attention to your seniors and the staff you may work regularly from now on. And if, for example, your
supervisor is partial to desserts, bring some chocolate meringue cookies. Try being inconspicuous about it though and don’t put the plate right into their face.
Start by combining egg whites, cream of tartar and salt in a large clean bowl. Use a hand mixer to whisk them until foamy, then add sugar and beat to stiff peaks. Fold in vanilla extract and cocoa powder with a rubber spatula. Pipe out the cookies on a parchment lined tray and bake for an hour. Allow them cool down in the oven and then store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
One of the most important things to do in the office is to participate in different activities and social gatherings. You will meet more new people and also have an opportunity to stand out if you bring something to the table. Like it was said earlier, desserts are usually the best option, like some shortbread cookies covered in royal icing with meringue powder. With a little bit of effort and time you can impress your colleagues and make sure they remember you.
For the icing simply whisk sifted confectioner’s sugar, meringue powder and room temperature water using a hand mixer for 5 minutes. Use gel coloring to make it more interesting and ice the cookies!