Going for the first day in the office and you think that you should know everything. Well, You don’t have to because no one is expecting you to. But you still have to try and impress your co-workers and employer while you try to gel in and figure things out. The first day is used to set the tone for your ride in that office. If you say something that’s not supposed to be or is off, it could set the tone, and could also become one of the reasons that you’re released after your probation period, i.e., first three months.
Here are some of the things that you must do on your first day:
- Arrive early and Stay late
- Dress to impress
- Practice introducing yourself because you’ll have to give lots of those on the first day
- Ask questions
- Listen and observe- This is the best thing you can do in the early days and listen to the plans that your boss has for the company
- Get an early win by identifying an immediate contribution you can make to the team. This will help you generate a positive perception.
- Remember everyone’s names
- Communicate professionally
- Project high energy
- Talk to your peers and socialize
- Avoid office politics and gossip
- Show interest and express curiosity
- Take notes
- Have a positive body language
- Keep your phone on silent
While it’s natural that you would want to be liked in order to fit in and impress everyone, talking too much and trying too hard, at the time when you should be listening to the others can give negative results.
So now that we’ve gone through what should be done on the first day, let us go through somethings that you should never do on the first day of work:
- Tell people about what you did in your last job
- Ask about When am I going to get a raise?
- Don’t drop bombs like “I leave early on Fridays” if it hasn’t been discussed at the time of joining
- Keep your boss hanging. You will have to attend to things in all direction on the first day but your top priority is being available for your boss
- Ask about people you should meet and the ones you should avoid
- Criticize the working of your new company
- Talk negatively about your last boss
- Turning down an opportunity to get lunch with someone
- Say that you are tired in the early few days of the job
- Go out handing your suggestions to everyone
Always remember, a good first impression can lead you to a successful career.