The first day at work is always exciting, whether you’ve just graduated and started your first job or changed your job. Employees feel excited and stressed out as that day approaches. Most people have questions and thoughts like: “What are my colleagues like?”, “Will I be successful at work?”, “How will I fraternize with my colleagues?”. If you are also one of those who feel anxious about first day at work, fear not, because we have great suggestions for those who wish to have a smooth start to their first day at work! Here come the tips!
Start preparations the night before
First day at work is very important for first impressions. And so, it makes sense to prepare for this day both psychologically and physically. In this respect, no alcohol should be consumed the night before, no heavy meals should be eaten, work clothes should be prepared and the next day should be planned with affirmations. You should go to bed early and get a sound sleep. On the morning of the first day at work, you should wake up half an hour or an hour before the usual time and make sure you are not late for work. A balanced, adequate and healthy breakfast should be eaten on the morning of the first day at work. You should consider taking vitamins and minerals that have a positive effect on mental and physical performance.
Take your time to talk about yourself
One of the most common mistakes made at first day at work is constantly making sentences that start with an “I”. Remember, you will have ample time to talk about yourself. Continuously trying to talk about yourself on your first day at work may not be well received. So rather than talking about yourself, try to understand the people around you and make a good first impression.
“When do I get a pay raise?”, “Can I leave early?”, “That’s not how I do it.”
Take your time to understand the atmosphere and the people. Do not leave any questions you need to ask during the interview to your first day at work. You may have started to work without knowing the answer to questions like “When do I get a pay raise?” or “Can I leave early?” But asking such questions from day one may leave a bad impression on people’s minds. If you have such questions, leave it to time rather than making direct inquiries. Also avoid things that may put into question the professionalism of others like “This is not how I would do it” or “That is not how I learned it.” If you really know a better way of doing things, show it rather than telling.
“Darling, baby, chap...”
In your previous job, you may have chosen to address people by using phrases like “darling, baby, chap”. But be careful not to use such words on your first day at work. People don’t want to be called such things by people they don’t know enough. Let your acquaintance mature over time. What is more, the best compliment that can be paid to a person is addressing them with their name. So, try to learn people’s actual names. When you address a person you have met in the morning with their first name in the afternoon, you will see how it will change people’s perceptions of you in a positive manner.
Don’t gossip & don’t talk about your old workplace
Gossiping is never good for your reputation. And gossiping at your first day at the office is even worse. Because when you gossip, people will be like “Well, if he/she is talking behind other people’s backs, I will be no exception” even if they may not like the person that is the subject of the gossip. So do not make that fatal mistake. Also, don’t disparage your old colleagues and workplace on your first day at the office. Consider that one day you may leave your current job, too. So remember that this is how your line manager will assess you. On your first day, focus on understanding people, how things work and the atmosphere.
Smile, be friendly and sociable
Always try to be friendly. Remember that a smiling face is the golden key. But do not over do it. That may work negatively on your perception as a sincere person. On the other hand, try to be yourself and act in earnest. Within the scope of your job description, do not hold back about giving your support where you can.
Make sure you go out for lunch with colleagues
One of the important moments of first day at work is lunch. People can be in a stressed out mood during work. This may cause you not to get to know people fully. Since lunch is a stress-free time, you can better judge other people’s personalities. On the other hand, you can provide key information about yourself and create a good image. So be sure to have lunch with your colleagues for at least 1 to 2 weeks.
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