How to Make Great First Imp impressions at Work
Do you have to start all over again at a new job? You may be thinking it’s impossible to find a job after being laid off. But you need to keep these things in mind if you want to keep your new job. A new job means starting over. And even though you may have a job with someone, that doesn’t mean everything will go smoothly. So before you jump right into it, make sure you prepare yourself first.
One of the most common mistakes new employees make is coming in late to work. There are actually many obvious things you should not do, such as gossip, complain about your former employer or come in late to work. However, there are also a few not-so-clear actions you should avoid. Keep your new coworkers happy. Avoid coming in late to voice your complaints; instead, give your new colleagues the time of day by bringing them coffee or a nice lunch.
Another thing you want to do well when you’re just settling in is treating your new colleagues with respect. You may have some colleagues who you barely talk to. Even if you miss having eye-to-eye contact sometimes, don’t be afraid to smile, sit up straight and introduce yourself. Even if you can’t see each other most of the time, try to make small talks. This will show your new colleagues that you are friendly and you value their friendship.
In addition to making good first impressions, you also want to establish relationships with your new position mates. If you can, ask questions about their job descriptions and how they fit into the team. Even if you don’t ask questions right away, start building relationships by asking a few softball questions at first. After all, it is your first day, and you want to make sure everybody is being civil. After your new position mates start liking you, ask questions about things like how you met them, where did you end up at the company, what makes you so unique (you’re actually no different than any of the others, you’re just working in a different field).
The last but not least, the best way to establish good first impressions on your new coworkers is to have fun. Your new workplace should be a comfortable place to be, especially for you. It is important that you and your co-workers have a good time. After all, first impressions last. So, even if you can’t necessarily relate to every single colleague you meet on your first day, start networking and socializing with others in order to build strong relationships with your coworkers.
Remember: the first impressions you make on new people are very lasting. They cannot be forgotten easily. So take your time getting to know everyone. You will be much happier in the long run if you do. Also, remember that everybody has something to give you and learn from other people.