6 Tips For Your First Day Of Work
What are the best tips for my first day of work?
- Expect to learn a lot
- Get to know what you’ll be working with
- Get to know who you’ll be working with
- Expect to meet your mentors
- Observe the company’s culture
- Start being a leader
So, you’ve just been hired. Congratulations — you’re now on day one in a new workplace, in an exciting environment, and in the presence of people who will soon become teammates, supervisors, and maybe even lifelong friends.
It’s a lot to look forward to, but if you play your cards right, you can ride the fast lane to success starting today. Step one is to make a good first impression.
How do you go about doing that? Here are some of our tips for your first day of work:
Expect to learn a lot
As in any new environment, expect the unexpected. The good thing about first-time experiences is that you get to learn from them. In your case, any insights about the company, its people, its vision-mission, and its values are fair game.
Every observation poses a chance for you to pick up something valuable. Your responsibility at this point is to learn all you can and make sure you don’t stop learning even as the months go by.
Feel free to do it old school; keep a notebook and pen handy, especially if no one wants to see you typing notes on your phone. Keep track of details like names, job titles, deadlines, and other things that will make it easier to embrace your actual workload later on.
Get to know what you’ll be working with
Your onboarding is likely to include learning about the tools of your trade and whatever programs, materials, or hardware you’ll be using. These will be your ticket to better productivity in the days, months, or even years to come, so get to know them well.
Do your research. Make sure to listen to any onboarding videos or programs they provide. But more importantly, study beyond what your team teaches you. And if you’ve got some tools and tricks up your own sleeve, don’t be afraid to use them.
Get to know who you’ll be working with
Your team is your company’s lifeline, and it’s the group of people you should be working with to achieve shared success. They’ll also be your daily companions as you go about your responsibilities and tasks at your new job.
You can’t expect to know them so well in a matter of days; still, make it a goal to know a little about every member as each day goes by.
Store all that information up for a later date; it’s those quick facts that will improve your communication and fellowship.
Expect to meet your mentors
We’ve spoken a bit about why mentors are so important. Sometimes, however, it’s not so obvious who your mentor is, or if you even have one. Pro tip: in every new job, there’s always someone to learn from. There’s always someone with long experience, a larger network, more refined skills, or simply different strengths.
We’re not saying this to lower your self-esteem. The trick is not to compete, but to rise to the challenge of emulating role models.
Learn from their experiences, their successes, and their failures, and know what it is that brought them to where they are. Don’t be afraid to ask them how they did it, and strive to do the same or better
Observe the company culture
Like getting to know your coworkers, no one expects you to master the company culture in the span of your first week. You might spend that time struggling to stay afloat, configuring the ins and outs, or just getting to know everyone you’ll be working with.
And that’s all fine — it’s a part of the process! The longer you stay, the more you’ll pick things up naturally, both in terms of workload and learning how to interact with your team.
Start being a leader
Reading that heading might make you wonder, “A leader? On my first day of work? How is that possible?”
Consider this: a leader isn’t the title he or she holds. Instead, leaders are made up of the strengths they possess, the work they put in, and the choices they make.
We’ve said before that leaders are characterized by influence, service, sacrifice, and intentionality. Those characteristics aren’t limited to people with “manager” or “director” attached to their name.
We’ve all been there. The first day of work can be tough, but more than anything else, it can be exciting. In the days to come, more challenges, successes, and mistakes will follow. But it all starts right here.
As you continue through your career, don’t forget these tips for your first day of work. Not only will they help you each time you start something new, but they’ll also even contribute to your success — I guarantee it.
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