Your first day on any new job is always tough, and trying to fit into an unfamiliar culture can be overwhelming. Most of your first days will be spent observing the dynamics and the unspoken rules of the office. You might feel like you have to prove yourself worthy of the job, that’s why you need to get things right or you can risk making a bad first impression. Akhtaboot is here to highlight the most common rookie mistakes you need avoid when starting a new position.
Being Too Critical
If you’re a critical person by nature, you must try to control your urge to criticize before it ruins your prospects at the new job. You’ve probably already thought about what you would like to improve about your new company, but try to keep your remarks and suggestions to a minimum during your first couple of weeks. You don’t want to build resentment towards you down the line. During the onboarding period, you need to show that you are interested. Try to listen more than you talk. If you listen carefully you will be able to strategically position yourself as a valuable asset to the organization, and your opinions and suggestions will be that much more constructive.
Getting Too Comfortable
Some people are too friendly. If you’re one of those, try to stop yourself from getting too comfortable. Even if you feel that you and your coworkers have a great understanding, and if the atmosphere is very casual, you need to be careful about the way you conduct yourself during your first days. Avoid saying controversial remarks and spend more time observe the office dynamics. In brief, don’t give your new colleagues any reason to hate you.
Making Comparisons to Your Previous Company
Each company has a different set of goals and codes of conduct. Making comparisons to your previous company is a complete waste of time. All companies have their share of problems throughout the years; no workplace is perfect. You need to fight the urge to draw constant comparisons to your former employer. If you believe that your new workplace could use some improvement, you can suggest how lessons you’ve learned in the past might help solve current problem. The key is to eliminate any tone of superiority.
Not Asking Questions
New hires mistakenly believe that asking questions is a sign of weakness. But when you hold back on seeking help, you risk making serious mistakes. When given a new task, make sure that you have enough information to do it as required. You might also need to inquire about how your performance will be measured. Your coworkers and manager will consider that as a sign of your commitment to learn as much as you can about your job.
Ignoring the Informal Culture
Every company has its own culture and code of conduct, and ignoring it could be your first step in the wrong direction. Failing to learn about the internal culture could lead to a lack of respect from other employees. Being open to different cultures is the first step in your career growth and will only lead to building amicable relationships with your coworkers. There’s a reason why company cultures exist; coworkers who share similar values report higher job satisfaction levels and tend to perform better than employees who have nothing in common.
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