What NOT to Do when Starting a New Job

One thing to avoid when first starting a job, and 7 more to never do no matter how long you’ve worked for a company.

1. Don’t try to change things

Of course you want to make a good impression as soon as you arrive at a new job, and show your new employer they made the right choice in hiring you. However, be cautious of suggesting new policies or strategies during your first few weeks, as it may not be the best way to prove you are a team player. Plus, it could prompt some of your new co-workers to think twice about you as the right person for the job. It’s important that you prove yourself first so that others will take your suggestions more seriously. This is the one thing on this list that can change as you spend more time at the job

Now for the rest of these: these are things you just shouldn’t do at ANY job, no matter how long you’ve been there:

2. Don’t be late

Being on time matters. Really.

3. Don’t dress in an unprofessional manner

Find out what is  acceptable attire for your new workplace. If that dress code doesn’t fit with your personal beliefs, rethink working for that company. I know your individuality is important, but make sure it fits with what your employer expects.

4. Don’t skip orientation

Many companies require new employees to go through an orientation or training process before starting a new position. While it may be tempting to skip these sessions or treat them lightly, don’t. This is a great opportunity to find out more about your company  the benefits it offers, and rules to follow.

5. Don’t ask coworkers to do your work

Asking co-workers for help or to answer questions is perfectly acceptable. But never ask or expect your new co-workers to do your job for you. You were hired because they believed in your ability to get the job done. Ask for help if you need it, but prove that you can do the work yourself.

6. Don’t take personal calls

Limit personal phone calls and texts to your breaks, except for emergencies.

7. Don’t be dishonest

You’ll be asked to do something or expected to know something that you don’t know how to do. Rather than saying you can complete the task on your own, be honest. And…

8. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Rather than making a mistake that could cost the company time and money, ask questions about everything you need to know, from what your job responsibilities are to who can help you with certain common problems like IT Support.



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