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8 First-Day Office Things Your Teachers Won’t Tell You

The first day at work often makes you both anxious and excited. Mostly, your co-workers judge you based on your initial impressions. Well, that’s good news for people who make a positive impression. But if you make a negative first impression, it could haunt you and your career for a long time. 

Now that you have put your best foot forward, here are some tips to make the right impression on the first day at work.

Dress Professionally

Let’s face it. Whether you like it or not, people will judge you based on how you look. Honestly, work is not a place where you show your fashion skills. You need to be presentable at work.

To present yourself as reliable, trustworthy and organized, dress professionally. Check if your company prefers professional wear or casual wear. Anyway, you don’t want to be overdressed. Follow the dress code and step ahead confidently.

Be Punctual

Being punctual shows that you value your work and are organized. Not arriving at work on time, that too on the first day, is completely unprofessional. On the other hand, staying late than the usual hours can score you additional brownie points.

Be aware of the company environment. Notice when other coworkers leave. If the ideal timing is 9 to 5 and everybody leaves at 6, follow their lead. Once you secure your position in the company, you can ask for the flexibility of time.

Always Show Positive Attitude

One of the best ways to make a long-lasting positive impression is to show a positive attitude. The first day is not the right time to complain about work or your coworkers. Accept it.

Show enthusiasm towards your work. Let others know that you are eager to learn new things. Great everyone wearing your best smile. Be pleasant and friendly to everyone you come in contact with.

Introduce Yourself

At work, you might come across some important people. Make sure you plan a perfect pitch to introduce yourself. 

They might also ask you to give an introduction in front of the whole office. You definitely don’t want to fumble in front of a bunch of intelligent people, right? Make sure you include stories and events that highlight your skills and achievements in brief. Practice a short introduction, not more than 5-7 minutes.

Do Not Forget Any Important Document

Enquire with the HR department if you need to submit any important documents on the first day. Or, in case you didn’t submit any at the time of signing the contract, carry it with you.

Keep a file ready with all the original documents, photocopies, and other essentials. Keep the documents ready right before your first day at work.


Show your coworkers that you are a team player by socializing. Often, organizations have social clubs like the cricket teams, cooking club, etc. Based on your interest, be an active member of these clubs. Such gatherings help you bond with your coworkers.

Alternatively, simply join your colleagues on a Saturday night for dinner. This builds rapport and solidifies relationships.

Say ‘Thank You’

Saying ‘thank you’ is often the basic etiquette you learned at school. If you tend to enjoy a success or two in the early days of the office. Make sure to share credits who helped you.

Make it your policy to thank those who answer your questions. 

Stay Away From Office Gossip

Participating in office gossip shows your low level of thinking. Gossiping about other co-workers is a strict no-no.

If someone in the team discusses something that sounds like gossip, take a coffee break. If you are asked for your opinion, politely refuse to discuss further.

You need not show all your skills on the first day itself. Stay calm. It is natural to feel nervous and stressed when a big change happens in your life. It is completely fine if you find some situations difficult to handle. After all, it’s your first day. You even might have a successful day. Anyway, you cannot predict these things, so why worry?

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