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How to Properly Meet New Coworkers When on a New Contract Assignment

Being the new employee on a warehouse team can feel lonely, especially when on a contract assignment. Even if you’re only planning to be with the company for a short period of time, work is always more enjoyable when you’re friendly with your colleagues.

Whether you’ve taken a contract assignment to supplement your income while searching for Lehigh Valley jobs or are hoping to be hired full-time by the company, don’t pass up this incredible opportunity to network and maybe even make some new friends.

Four Ways to Get to Know Your Coworkers on a Contract Assignment


Introduce Yourself

With any luck, your new coworkers will take the initiative to introduce themselves to you, but that might not happen. If it doesn’t seem like they’re going to make the effort, take it upon yourself to be the bigger person. Hopefully, by taking the first step, they’ll realize you’re friendly and will welcome you to the group with open arms.

Ask Questions

Every warehouse is different. No matter how many years you’ve been doing this type of work, you’re bound to have questions when starting a new job. Get to know your colleagues by asking for help when needed. This will likely result in an employee — or maybe a few — taking you under their wing and showing you the ropes. While getting acquainted with the job, you’ll also get to bond with your peers.

Join in the Conversation

If all your coworkers are eating lunch together in the break room, ask if you can join in. It’s almost certain they’ll say yes, and kick themselves for not thinking to ask you first. Some people are a bit shy or slow to warm up, but when they see how great you are, they’ll be glad to have you as part of the team.

Accept Invitations

Many people truly enjoy getting to know their colleagues, so your first few days and weeks at your contract assignment might involve a lot of requests to hang out — i.e. lunches and happy hours. As long as you feel comfortable, accept as many of these invitations as possible, because spending time with your peers outside of work will speed up the bonding process. Plus, turning down every invitation sends the message you’re not interested in building relationships at the company.

If you’re looking for a great new warehouse job in the Lehigh Valley, HTSS, Inc. wants to help. Contact us today to find a temporary, temp-to-hire or direct hire opportunity with an employer you’ll be proud to represent!


CEO Letter

As a staffing and recruitment professional for over  30 years, I have seen many changes in the industry. Over that time, I’ve witnessed a transformation in the way organizations view staffing services. Today, we see more and more companies using staffing services as a strategic tool, rather than just for temporary fill-ins.

At HTSS, Inc., our focus is on helping companies create proactive workforce plans. Our goal is to help our clients use staffing strategically to increase capacity, overcome hiring freezes, access specialized talent, better manage increased workloads, and enhance overall productivity.

For our candidates, we help to uncover truly rewarding job opportunities—jobs that are a match to each candidate’s skills, and jobs that offer key experience and growth potential.

We look forward to strengthening our relationships with our current clients and candidates, as well as forming new and exciting partnerships in the future.


Pat Howells
HTSS, Inc.