Starting a new job gives you the chance to start fresh with the organization you are joining. It’s important to build a good reputation during your first weeks of work. Follow these tips to make a good first impression on your new coworkers.
Get to Know Your Coworkers. This is especially important if you are a manager, as you will need the full support of your team to get things done. You need to spend time with the people you work with in order to build a relationship, so there is trust when projects need to be completed.
Learn Coworkers’ Names. It’s pretty embarrassing when a coworker says, “Hi, [insert your name],” but you stand there wondering what their name is and can only respond with a slowly muttered “Hi.” This person may not be very enthusiastic about helping you the next time you need something from them. If that’s not reason enough for you, what are you going to do if you need to speak with them and they’re facing away from you? Are you going to tap on their shoulder to get their attention? Or stand there awkwardly until they notice you? If you struggle to remember names look up some memory tricks to help yourself.
Show Your Team Spirit. You are now part of a work team, and teams work together to solve problems and get the job done. Show loyalty to your coworkers and share any recognition you get with the team. Always give credit to the team.
Avoid Office Politics and Gossip. As with any social organization, the workplace is full of rumors and gossip. Your mission is to keep your nose clean of all of it – and be sure not to associate too often with the office gossips or risk having your image associated with them.
Show Appreciation. Nothing works like kindness and genuine appreciation. So, show your appreciation to everyone who helps you learn the ropes during your first days on the job – from your coworkers to receptionists to the human resources folks.
When people have positive feelings towards you they can be more welcoming, which may help you transition into your new job even easier. Plus, positive interactions at work can take you far in your career!
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