Joining as a new starter in a global pandemic


Joining a company as a new starter is never the easiest process at the best of times.

Meeting and establishing early relationships with your colleagues, educating yourself on the company’s internal processes and getting stuck with work as early as possible are all relevant concerns most people have starting work. AMT provided an environment with a culture that encouraged reaching out for help, that celebrated new faces joining the team and gave breathing room for cracking jokes to build those vital foundations of healthy working relationships, which are all vital traits, to make the process of easing a new starter into the company as seamless as possible.

The thing is though, is that this environment that AMT provided in an office wouldn’t make a diddly squat of difference for a new starter working from home, if the communication tools I was given didn’t match up to allow me to join in on that atmosphere that AMT have created, previously in an office.

The 'work from home' challenge

As someone who particularly thrives on interacting with colleagues in the workplace, I found the thought of having to establish the healthy work relationships, that would be essential for me to feel integrated into the team from the get-go, incredibly daunting starting remote.

It evoked the metaphor of looking up at a mountain in my head, wondering how I was ever going to feel like I was part of the team.

Those feelings of unease, however, were washed away when I started using Microsoft’s Teams from day one on the job. Teams provided me with an easy-going atmosphere that simulated an office environment, something I was fairly accustomed to even as a 20 year-old uni student, that I warmed to incredibly quickly.

The integration of Document Management within the software package and Teams piggy-backing off of Outlook’s well established ‘Calendar’ helped me track internal and external meetings greatly, and comforted my concerns of remote video conferences resembling a FaceTime you’d have with a grandparent, with no way to share or collaborate on work with colleagues.

A bit more about Teams...

Teams sits well within the Office 365 ecosystem, meaning its designed to be used, not only as a fancy video conferencing tool, but to provide a space to collaborate with colleagues by acting as a central store for all the Office 365 files, in addition to regular files, that you’ll ever need on a project.

Not only does Teams act as a central store in its own right, Teams can marry with SharePoint, to integrate within pre-existing lists and libraries full of data that you may have made on your very own intranet. These document management features, that Teams provided for me as a new starter, especially catalysed my work flow from the get-go, by allowing me to get stuck in immediately as opposed to faffing around trying to find documents elsewhere around the organisation.

In conclusion

Upon reflection of being a remote new starter during a global pandemic, I have always owed the streamlined transition from working previously in an office environment straight remote working to Microsoft Teams.

AMT’s professional yet characterful aura transferred sweetly through Team’s conferencing and meeting features, allowing me to feel like I was part of the team very quickly, in addition to Teams’ front-running document management features, mainly due to its integration within SharePoint, an already class-leading document management tool.

I couldn’t have imagined the process of jumping into remote working with any other conferencing solution on the market as easy as Teams made it for me. 

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