So you stepped up to the plate and got yourself a new job, so now all thats left to do is recline in your directors chair with a cuppa and get on with stalking your new colleagues on facebook. In actual fact, starting a new job is one of the most important times in a job role and could determine how long you stay, the responsibility you are given and your relationship with your colleagues so first impressions are more important than ever.
It is understandable that starting work in a new place can be daunting at the best of times, so below are some tips on what not to do, from managers who were not overly impressed with the actions of their new employees (as featured in an article from The Times):
Don’t take your mum
Everyone likes a man who respects and takes care of his mother but not everyone likes a man who takes his mother a long to his first day on a new job. Donne Miller, the European HR director of Enterprise Rent-A-Car explains how a new 22 year old employee thought it was appropriate to bring his mother to his first day at work. Needless to say they had to call him in for a quiet chat about how they had employed just him and not his entire family. The lesson here is to really think about what constitutes as ‘appropriate’ work behaviour on your first day.
Avoid Road Rage
If you are working somewhere relatively close to where you live then it’s best to avoid flicking the V’s at anyone on the motorway. You might just get to your new office to find they are sitting at the next desk.
Do your research
Jacqui Maynard, the HR business partner at Mouchel, a consulting and business services group told a tale from a previous workplace in which a gentleman walked into reception at 9am on the dot to start his new role. Unfortunately all of the managers were in meetings so the receptionist made him a cup of tea whilst he waited patiently. Half an hour later the receptionist contacted the managing director only to find they were not expecting any new starters and the eager new recruit had gone to the wrong office. He was two floors below where he was meant to be and was now an hour late for his new position.
Needless to say, make sure you know where your going, read the directions and bear in mind your first day might be somewhere different to where your interview was.
Don’t compare your new job to your old job, especially out loud
Your new employer probably won’t care about how you arranged the envelopes in order of size in your previous office, or about your alphabetical cleaning rota or about the fact you always used the same parking space which was much closer to the office door than your new one.
Don’t moan, compare and complain because things are different in your new office because every company is different and undoubtedly there will be differences which will take you some time to get used too.
Though asking questions about the company will express your interest, too many of the wrong questions could backfire.
In particular, questions about the length of the notice period, the probation period, sick leave, promotions and unpaid leave all in the first five minutes might indicate to your employer you are not committed to the job. So think carefully before you fire out the questions.
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