6 Things Must Known Before First Day at Work

Writer: Neeraj Sawant
Editor: Evelyn Tobing


     Many believe that an entire year’s experience depends on the first day at work. Anxiety, stress, and fear of the unknown consumes new joiners and kills their confidence; the only element initially required. 

“On your first day, you’ll learn many of the things you need to know to perform your job well. For instance, the first day is typically when you’ll first see your work area, learn your specific day-to-day workflow and schedule, meet your coworkers, get familiar with different areas of your office or building, and much more. Your first day sets the foundation for all of your future interactions at work” says indeed.com in their blog.

Reach 10 Minutes Early

     Remember, this is your first day at work and you need to adjust to the environment. Furthermore, not every requisite amenity is in place at your arrival. Whatever your job may be, you have to be alert and gain as much information as possible. And all of this takes time. Not to mention unexpected errors and security malfunctions can also eat up a huge chunk.

Showing up early also shows your sincerity and commitment. Many new joinees last for a few days and quit for higher studies, so details matter, and reaching on time is first on the list.

Fit In and Make a Good Impression

     Your first impression firstly depends on your confidence. Secondly, you need to keep an eye on your surroundings; look at your coworkers’ attire. If you observe that everyone’s wearing business casuals and you have an old school suit on, take that jacket off. But the best advice I can give you, is to contact the HR beforehand for the dress code. Additionally, take note of others’ speaking habits. In some office environments, people tend to use a casual tone, especially outside of important meetings. I recommend talking to at least 3 co-workers before changing the way you speak. 

Don’t forget to show a little enthusiasm as well. And keep a smile on at all times, especially while shaking hands. Show that you’re glad to be present at the office! 

 

Introduce Yourself First

     Before engaging in a conversation, introduce yourself in less than 15 seconds. Refrain from blabbering unrelated details and move onto the topic you wish to speak about. I recommend writing a two-line script that you can memorize before your first day at work. 

     Other than the ones you’re supposed to work with, there are many people curious about your profession. Since you are new and have no idea about connections, you can’t risk losing your image in this situation as well. Businessinsider.com sheds light on the topic by advising you to:

“Be prepared to also describe what you’ll be doing in this new position, since there may be people who have a vague understanding of your role or simply want to strike up a conversation.”

     Tell them who you are and your previous place of employment (if you have any) and give them a detailed explanation about your profession and role at the company in 30 seconds or less. If you’re not an avid speaker, try practicing in front of the mirror or involve a friend. 

 

Frequently Ask Questions

Stay focused and alert; know your happenings and scan the environment.

     Doing this would prevent you from asking worthless questions and disturbing others for obtaining obvious answers. Of course, you can’t obtain all the information in the first week, let alone the first day, but knowing simple details helps more than you think.

     For work-related questions, however, you need to get out there and ask questions to either your co-workers or your assigned boss. If you haven’t met your boss or HR, (depending on the instructions you were given beforehand) head over to them first. In case you have problems commuting, try asking the staff or employees who are walking in the corridors. Prefer approaching someone who seems rather relaxed and ready for a conversation. Remember, you need to ask questions without disturbing others. 

 

Analyse the Social Hierarchy

     After you’ve found your cubicle and finished your first task, start keeping an eye on where each person stands in terms of power. To move ahead in your job, you need to address the right people. Suggestions and wisdom tends to be increasingly prominent in the ones who belong to the higher table. You may understand this as you progress, but it’s really as easy as looking at their ID card/title. 

 

Offer Help

     After meeting your boss and completing your tasks for the day, you may start feeling idle. To prevent yourself from being a part of the PL (Potential Liability) list, try reaching out to co-workers and offer help. Sometimes, even looking at people can indicate if they require any form of assistance. Even if it’s something small, just try to be of assistance and not look idle at all times. 

 

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If you wish to be more productive on your first day at work, I recommend reading ‘How To Have A Good Day: The Essential Toolkit for a Productive Day at Work and Beyond’ Book.

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