You have just started a new job. This may be your first full-time professional work experience, or you may have worked someplace before. Whatever the case, as a new person at a company, there are certain things you should be aware of, actions you should take to get off to a good start.
1. Don’t be late
If you want to get off on the right foot with your supervisor, make sure you show up to work on time. Give yourself plenty of time to get to work.
2. Watch your attitude.
If you are asked to do some required task, do it cheerfully and conscientiously. Even if you consider it to be something menial and beneath your pay grade, make the best of it and do it well and in a timely fashion.
3. Be proactive
Do it before your supervisor tells you to do it. Don’t always wait to be told.
4. Ask questions
When you are new, there is no shame in asking a lot of questions. It is the only way you are going to learn about your new company and how things work there. However, you do want to avoid asking the same question again and again. That is a sign that you are just not paying attention. Take notes if you need to so that you remember information.
5. Remember that actions have consequences
We all can say what we like, but what we say has an effect. If you are rude to a customer and receive a reprimand for it, or worse, get fired, it is your own fault.
6. Put your phone away
You are getting paid to work, not to check social media or text people. Avoid the temptation by putting your phone in a drawer or in your purse. Turn it off.
7. Read the employee handbook
Not many people do, but you should. There is a lot of useful information in it. Also, learn the unwritten rules of your office. These are the ways things are done at this particular workplace, and they don’t always follow the written rules and regulations.
8. If you are asked to do something, do it.
It may not be in your job description. You may not know how to do it. It doesn’t matter. Do it anyway. If you don’t know how, learn, ask questions.
9. Accept criticism, accept silence.
If you get constructive criticism, accept it politely and learn from it. Also, realize that are not going to receive recognition for everything that you do, and that some things you are going to have to learn to do by yourself.