WORKPLACE / JUL. 19, 2013
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Tips on How to Handle your First Day at Work

Your first day of employment can be a nerve-wracking experience. There are new people to meet, a new role to adapt to and a range of new responsibilities that you will have to get used to. Your first day can also be an overwhelming one as there is a lot of new information to take in. Being prepared will assist you in better handling your first day at work. Below are some tips and advice on how to handle your first day at work:

Dress appropriately

As soon as you walk through the door you will be exposed to the observation of those around you. It is only natural for employees to acknowledge various aspects of you, including how you are dressed. Ensure that you are dressed professionally but above all, comfortably. You will be in your new workplace all day and must be as comfortable as possible.

Set up your workstation

Put your belongings away in a neat and tidy location. Don’t have all of your belongings hanging off the back of your chair or scattered across your desk. Ensure that your confidential HR documents are locked away safely in the drawer  provided. If there is no lock and key provided, request one.

Be friendly and polite

When meeting new people for the first time be friendly and polite towards them. However do not strike up any personal conversations. Remain professional yet courteous and keep conversations to a minimum.

Listen carefully

You will be given a lot of information during the course of your first day and it is essential to absorb as much of that information as possible. Listen carefully when meeting people for the first time and have a strategy in place for remembering names. Keep your eyes and ears open to your new surroundings and be sure to observe as much about your new work environment as possible.

Take a break

During your first day of work you may find yourself feeling exhausted and unable to tear yourself away from your workstation. Nevertheless it is essential to take a breather and find the time to recollect your thoughts and re-energize. 

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