Make Your First Day at Work a Success
How to make a good first impression that lasts
You went through the hard part-finding a job, but now your happiness is clouded by all the question marks about how the first day at work will go. How will my boss act? Are my colleagues going to like me? Will I quickly get used to the job duties?
This is something everyone goes through, but it is important to get off on the right foot, so you can ensure a pleasant and productive working atmosphere. Therefore, you have to be aware of the challenges of the first day and we can show you how to deal with them.
1. Have a good night sleep
This may seem simple and obvious, but it is crucial for your performance on the first day at work. If you sleep well, you will be more relaxed and able to focus during working hours when you have to absorb a big amount of new information.
It will also influence your mood and attitude, as you will feel more social and communicative, which is very important. With raised productivity and concentration levels, you will be in your zone and will be able to rock your first day!
2. Consider your outfit
This is something that you also have to prepare for in advance. Don’t get stressed over buying new and expensive clothes or extravagant brands. It is important to look nice and neat but be careful not to overdo it.
The most important thing is not to clash with the working atmosphere. When you have been at the interview, you’ve probably seen some of your colleagues, so try to adapt to that. If the working environment is more casual and informal, follow the office style and dress similarly.
This is essential if you want to make a good first impression. If your arrival time is at 8, make sure that you plan to arrive a few minutes earlier so you wouldn’t risk being late. If something happens on the way and you can’t make it in time, make sure you call and warn them the you have an emergency.
Punctuality is an indicator for a responsible person and while no one will give you credit for arriving on time, it would make a bad impression if you come late. Even if you have a flexible schedule and your company doesn’t rely on punctuality that much, make sure that you get it right on the first day and then adapt to their customs.
4. Keep track of information
During your first day at work, you will probably be overwhelmed with information that should be remembered. Try to take notes for everything new you learn about your position and don’t be shy to ask questions to help you understand.
Of course, no one will expect you to remember everyone’s names on the spot, but at least try to do so with the people most relevant to your job such as team members or department managers. And if you;re bad with names remember, asking a person’s name is way better than referring to them as ‘Hey, customer service girl!’
5. Set the right attitude
Nervousness and shyness are probably your worst enemies during the first day at work. Set aside prejudices and worries and act confident, smile frequently and be friendly. Politeness is the key to building initial relationships with your colleagues, so make sure you always greet with a smile, even if you’re not sure who exactly is sitting in front of you.
There’s a rule to attitude- never suck up to the boss or your colleagues. It makes an extremely bad impression and rather than that, show respect and be open to communication. Don’t ever try to criticise or anyone or the working process on the first day. A bit later, you can make some suggestions for changes, but always show that you are willing to learn and listen.
6. Be sociable
Socialising is essential to make a good impression and integrate the team. Working breaks and lunchtime is the ideal place to get to know your colleagues and break the ice. Usually, people will be interested in you, since you’re new and will ask you many questions about you and your professional experience.
Don’t feel intimidated to disturbed, rather be open and understand that they are being friendly and trying to know you a little better. Having friends and people to talk to outside of the professional matter in the company will ensure a better working environment and will further motivate you to like your job.
7. Check Out
While it is important to arrive early, this rule does not apply to the departure time. You should never be the first to go home on your first day of work. Maybe you have a set time that you need to go home or a flexible schedule when you can leave when you’re done.
Try to finish your job and ask your superior if you need to perform some other task. You should also observe the behaviour of your colleagues. Do they leave at the exact time they should or do they stay overtime sometimes? With time, you will adapt to the customs at your company, but make sure to follow their rules on the first day and not the ones set by yourself.