What to do on the first day of your new jobChen Wan Lim
Starting your first day of work at a new job can be nerve wrecking; from your first meeting with the human resource department to reporting in with your department superior. Apart from knowing where your cubicle is, where the stationary cabinet is and what are the rules of the shared pantry, there will be many other things on your mind. However, apart from the million other things that you are trying to juggle at once, here are some important things to do on your first day on your new job:
Show up early
The cardinal rule for the first day of work is to show up early or at least on time. This is to save you the hassle of looking for a car park, getting the access tag from the security guards and to allow you sufficient time to gather yourself.
Prepare your introduction
Be prepared to be asked repetitively about who you are, your background and where were you from before this. Be sure that you give everyone you meet a consistent answer and that your introduction is flawless.
Observe your surrounding
Be sure to observe your office environment. Keep a keen eye on your office environment – in particular of how the culture is. For example, if your new office practices an open office space concept with free seating, then be sure to not clutter the desk you are sitting at. If your new office is quieter than your old office, be sure to keep your personal volume down.
Learn the written and non-written rules
While the written rules can be found in the employee handbook, non-written rules can only be learned on the fly. Be sure to once again be observant and remember the non-written rules. These can be as simple as no drinking coffee at your desk or no listening to music on your headphones during working hours.
You should always be attentive at work, more so during your first day of work. Always respond when someone calls for you and always be available for your superiors. This in particular means that you should keep your personal mobile phone on silent and refrain from using your personal mobile phone on your first day.
Be courteous to everyone
Remember to be generous with the magic words ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. Using these words often will display your good side and will also make you more approachable – Way to go for first impression!
Attending the compulsory lunch
Have lunch with your colleagues on your first day of work. In fact, it will be a good idea if you offer to buy lunch. This will earn you some extra brownie points and allow you access to some out-of-office information pertinent for your stint with the company.
Observe and try to blend in in your first day of work. This means that try dressing up how everyone else dresses. This will take a bit of research before joining the company. But always dress well. It is better to be slightly overdressed than to be underdressed.
Participate in discussions
Whether it’s about work or otherwise, do display your sociable side and participate in conversations and discussions. But be sure however to not butt into conversations which might be sensitive. Be discerning and be able to carry a conversation well.