There are certain bush-league no-no’s when you start a new job. It’s understandable that many new hires are anxious on their first day, week, or even month on the job because they want to make a good impression, but sometimes you tend to overthink things. Here are ten things you should not do when you’re a new hire if you want to be impressionable:
- Do not make references of the way your old boss did things to your new boss because chances are, your boss has successfully done things for a while.
- Don’t be too trusting of your new co-workers
- Don’t go to your manager or boss for every little thing because they’re busy people too and even if you have questions, you should just jot them down until you have a strong list of questions to ask in one session. Who knows? You might just find the answers yourself along the way.
- Don’t be a “know-it-all” because one way to make a great impression is to come off as a humbling new hire, one who is interesting in learning more about all sorts of things in the new company and it shows you are willing to listen.
- Address those in authority properly
- Keep your complaints to a minimum because everyone has dealt with some nuisances before and you’re the new person so show some respect for employees that have been there longer than you.
- Be who you want to be. You have a new job and you have the ability to re-invent yourself since it is a new company, new surroundings, and new environment. This is probably very cliché but be the change you want to see in yourself.
- Don’t take sides as a new hire. You would want to be the most neutral you can be, but be smart about it.
- Keep time off to a minimum
- Identify and stay away from negative employees who might get you into trouble
Being new at the job can be a time where you learn the most and especially, can be a very rewarding experience. If you’re looking to start your career somewhere, check to see if there is a CNI career college near you.