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Building relationships at your new job is vital to learning about that workplace. The information you gain may be how the coffee machine works or it could be integral information about communication processes.
You may find it difficult to remember names when meeting many new people. A good memory strategy is to repeat their name when they are introduced, for example "Hi Craig, it is great to meet you too". Also imagine burning their name into their forehead - sounds crazy, but it works!
If appropriate schedule a meeting with your boss, supervisor or manager within your first two days of a new job. This is a good opportunity to find out about how your role fits with the organisation, get to know who you are working for and what their expectations of you are. Listen to the language he or she uses, what concepts they focus on, how they see this job being done.