Things You Should Do on Your First Day of Work
The first day at a new job can be a stressful experience for anyone. To get rid of the stress and anxiety, a newcomer can try some techniques. Keeping a few things in mind can make your first day at work successful. Moreover, you can leave an evergreen first-day impression on everyone if you play it wise.
So, let’s see what we should do on our first day at work.
1. Keep your mind prepared
This one is the most important thing you need to do on your first day and also before that day. Staying nervous and anxious throughout the whole day might make your experience worse. So, in your mind, stay focused on what you need to do.
Get things ready in your mind. What you should wear, when you would arrive, to whom you’ll go at first, how you’ll interact with your co-workers, and all the other facts should be there in your mind. If you tend to forget things out of anxiety, you can write things down on a notebook. This will help you stay fully prepared on that specific day.
Wearing the right clothes boosts confidence. On your first day, you should wear something formal. If you decide to wear a formal suit, wear a tie and a leather belt. This will not only make you look professional but also will give you mental strength.
2. Arrive early
You should arrive at the workplace a bit earlier; at least 10 to 15 minutes before the designated time. Leave for work having enough time so that you don’t be late. Arriving earlier has its perks. You get time to know where your desk is going to be and look around the office.
If your office is in a distant place or on a route you never take, you should leave home early to avoid rush hour jams.
3. Know your duties
It’s the first day of work when the employer will tell you what your responsibilities are. Upon arriving office, what you first need to do is, to go and talk to your employer. You’ve to listen to him attentively and know what your role is in that job. You have to know your duties and what is expected from you on that job.
4. Ask questions
It’s usual that you might mistake on the first day. To avoid those, you have to ask questions. Not a lot, but what’s necessary should be asked. If you have any problem understanding things, or you don’t know where you’ll find specific persons, you can ask your colleagues.
Knowing it’s your first day, anyone would help you. Beware of disturbing people who are too busy with work. Another piece of advice I’d like to give is to show gratitude to whoever helps you either it’s a big help or small.
5. Note things down
I advised you to ask questions. You’ll know lots of new stuff on that scary first day. You cannot memorize everything in one day. So, note things down. Keep a small notebook with you. Write words down which you mustn’t forget.
6. Socialize with colleagues
The coworkers at your new job will come to the most help of yours. So, try to interact with everyone. Socializing has many advantages. Don’t wait for people to come to you and ask for an introduction. Avoid the thought of letting others be the first to approach. Forget the ego, or fear and approach. Introduce yourself to others.
You can get a small pitch ready earlier before the first day. You’ll meet many people on that day, and so, you’ll have to introduce yourself like a hundred times! So, be patient and talk to people. Try to make friends.
7. Accept invitations
If you get invitations to lunch or having drinks from colleagues, accept that. Avoiding your lunchbox for one day won’t do any harm. Having lunch together is a brilliant opportunity to know more about your colleagues and the office.
Sticking to work and desk while everyone is having lunch will not prove you a good employee. So, if someone invites you to lunch, go with them. Show people that you have good work ethics. These things make people like you and have better work experience at the office.
8. Stay relaxed
The first day will make you worried, keep you stressed, but you’ve to stay relaxed. You don’t have to do things to impress the boss and the colleagues. So, don’t take too much pressure on yourself. Stay calm and be yourself.
9. Show interest but not over enthusiasm
If someone approaches you, show interest. Watch your body language, and behave in a friendly way. Not everyone will try to come to you and talk. So, welcome the efforts of those who come to you, and carry on a good conversation, but don’t act over enthusiastic.
10. Don’t stay busy with your phone
It’s advised not to stick to the phone on the very first day. Forget the phone and invest the whole time at work and the people around you. Put the phone on silent if you don’t want any distractions.
If you follow these steps, you’ll have an excellent first-day experience at work. So, stay cool and forget the worries and fears. However, make sure not to leave a negative impression of yourself.