The Dos and Don’ts for New Employees
Your first day of work at a new company can feel equal parts, exciting and terrifying. A wide world of possibilities awaits you – if you know how to take advantage of it. Some new hires fit in right away, while others never quite seem to mesh. If you want to belong in the first category, take a look at some of these tips I’ve picked up over the years.
Make a good first impression. Dress nicely – and this doesn’t just mean wear a suit and tie. Even if your new job is in a casual environment, you’ll still want to put some effort into your appearance. It may not seem fair, but there are plenty of people who will judge you for how you look. So, don’t give them a chance to judge you negatively!
Gossip about your coworkers. It can be tempting to complain about your annoying boss or your loud coworker to some of the other people on your team. Don’t do it! As a new hire, gossiping can feel like a quick and easy way to bond with your fellow employees, but you never know who you might be offending – or if you can even trust the people you’re complaining to. Here’s a rule of thumb you should always follow in the workplace: Never say (or email or instant message) something to another person that you wouldn’t say in front of your boss.
Learn everything you can. Ask to sit in on meetings that interest you. Read manuals and any other company material you can get your hands on. Offer yourself up if your boss asks for volunteers to work on specific projects. Your manager is sure to be impressed by your initiative.
Be afraid to ask for help. If you have a question or feel confused about a process, ask. Don’t be embarrassed! You’re new, so your colleagues will understand if it takes you some time to get your feet wet. Consider which scenario you would prefer: Asking a coworker for help when you have a question or making a huge mistake in your first few weeks on the job?
Remember, it will take some time before you finally feel like you fit in completely. Have patience, do your best, and things are sure to work out in your favor.
One final important point. Some people just aren’t good cultural fits with certain companies. Before you even accept a position, be sure that its culture and values align with your own. That will make the fitting-in process much easier!
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