The problem: You’re the new face in the workplace and while you’ve met everyone, no one has been overly friendly.
The solution: “Don’t hang back and wait for everyone to come to you,” says Beverly Langford, author of The Etiquette Edge: The Unspoken Rules for Business Success. “It’s probably not going to happen.” Instead, Langford says, compliment co-workers on their successes. (Were you impressed by a presentation someone made? Say so!) Ask questions about their expertise. (“You presented so well. How do you prepare for speaking in front of a crowd?”) But here’s a big don’t: Never be that person who constantly talks about how things were done at your old job. “That just irritates people,” says Langford.