7 Things You Should Never Do When Starting a New Job

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If you’re starting out a new job soon you’re probably feeling a combination of excitement and nervousness. You want to make a great first impression with both your co-workers and your boss. But you should also be aware that there are some typical dos and don’ts to remember when you’re making your first steps into an office. So, we’ve created a list of the seven things to steer away from now that your foot is in the door…

1.     Don’t make assumptions about your job details

Obviously, one of the biggest mistakes you can make on your first day is to show up late! But you should also avoid making any assumptions about your new role. Job details can be anything from core working hours, lunch time, breaks, and responsibilities. It’s always better to ask and get the clarity that you need so that you can move forward with the right information. Your line manager or someone from human resources should spend some time going over all of these details before you get started. If it slips their mind, take the initiative to ask questions and make sure that everything has been covered. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – the more you know now the easier it will be for you in the long run.

2.     Don’t ignore co-workers’ advice or help

It pays to remember that your colleagues are your greatest asset. During your first few days, you’ll be trying to find your feet and get into the swing of things. It’ll be easy to forget their particular way of doing things and you might even have some software to get used to. So when any co-worker offers some advice or help, don’t ignore or push it away. It’s more important to learn how to do something correctly than to do it wrong for several weeks thereafter. In the worst case scenarios, you might cause others to work harder to fix your mistakes. The last thing you want to do is create a situation that could have been avoided, so make it a point to listen to those around you.

3.     Don’t turn down extra time with the team!

Relationship building is everything. It’s important to establish as many positive relationships with your team members as possible. Making an effort to spend some time getting to know your new team is invaluable and your first few days are a great opportunity to mingle. Do your best to spend time with them during your breaks and introduce yourself to other teams too.


4.     Don’t join in on any office gossip or talk

Whether this occurs in a break room or in the kitchen over lunch, don’t get caught up in any office gossip or talk. It’s inevitable that gossip happens in every place of work, but it can be really toxic and can in some cases lead to inter-office mistrust. Hearing something doesn’t mean you have to repeat it.

5.     Don’t shy away from learning new methods

Without a doubt, one of the best things about starting a new job is that you will get to learn new things. But it’s also normal to feel that your usual way of doing things could be more effective or beneficial to the organisation. Just remember that you’ll never really know until you try so you should at least try to learn this new way until you’ve established yourself in your new position.

6.     Don’t complain about your last workplace

When you are trying to make a positive first impression, the last thing you want to do is bad mouth anyone at your last workplace. Not only is this unprofessional, it will usually cast you as someone who is bound to bring about negative vibes.

7.     Don’t be an over-sharer

Your personal and private life is something you should hold close to you. It’s not ideal to share the ins and outs of your life with the people you’ve just started working with. Over sharing often gives people the impression that you’re not sure where the boundary is between a personal and professional atmosphere. So leave out the intimate details of your life when you’re getting to know your new team and steer your conversations towards topics that you can both enjoy!

Think that we’ve missed anything? Share your advice by commenting below!

Bria Pierce

Bria Pierce is a blogger, freelance writer, social activist and just young girl with a desire to share her experience with the world. Follow Bria on Facebook (bria.pierce.5) and Twitter (bria_pierce7) for more interesting stories.

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