You’ve just landed a new job with this dope company somewhere in Nairobi, Mombasa or any County of your choosing. Obviously you are beyond elated about this new position. Talk of new challenges and new milestones to cover.
Workplaces can differ in every sense. From dress codes to the in-formalities of how people interact with each other, the protocol of the accepted etiquette will vary both from industry to industry.
Regardless of the various industries, company cultures and what have you, what are some of the most common do’s and don’ts when you start of on a new job?
1. Don’t Crouch Down At Your Desk
C’mon it’s your first day…there will be plenty of time to bury yourself into work in the coming weeks/months. On your first day, you’ll probably get a quick tour. If none is offered right away, don’t hanker at your desk all day, you’ve got to take the initiative of requesting for a corporate orientation.
Whether you get the scenic version with lots of introductions or have to take a deep breath and introduce yourself to the row of cube denizens across from you, make sure to actually make a first impression—ideally one that comes with a firm handshake and a clear statement of your role.
2. Don’t Begin with an Attitude
Alright, a little attitude on 2 years job is kind of warranted.
But here is the thing, if you are new to office, you do not want to develop a sulky or a diva sort of attitude which will have everyone running in the other direction. Even if elements of the office or the colleagues irritate you, make sure that is not apparent to everyone from day one!
Focus on gratitude, opportunities for the future, your eventual paycheck, and networking opportunities.
3. Don’t stress too much.
It’s commonly familiar to get the jItters when you arrive at your new job. You can feel the butterflies through-out the day.
Do they like me already?
What if this job doesn’t work out?
What if I make a fool of myself on the first day?
What will happen if I don’t learn ASAP on how to use that new software?
Too much stress to bear. Instead, think of your new job as the next exciting step in your career path. Don’t expect to learn everything at once. It’s all new to you, and it will take time.
If you feel yourself getting stressed, take a deep breath, collect yourself, and remember that you aren’t expected to get it all at once. Even though you’re bringing a wealth of skills and experience to the organization, it will still take a little time for it to all fall into place.
4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice.
And finally, as they say, there is no such thing as a stupid question when you’re starting on a new job.
The questions can range from the most complicated to what may seem benign to most people such as
“Aah, how does this laser printer work?”
Your employer would prefer that you ask. That’s easier than having to fix a mistake. You won’t be expected to know everything, and it’s better to ask for help than to guess.