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How to Act When You’re the New Hire

If you are just starting a new job, congratulations on the exciting journey you are about to experience! But before you start conquering every task thrown at you it’s important to note that there are certain behaviors that can either support long-term success or get you in hot water with your colleagues. Here are some ways to behave when you are the new hire and on the bottom rung of the corporate ladder.

Respect your work space

Number one rule when starting a new job, whether you are a temporary employee or in a permanent role, is to respect the work space by keeping your area clean and clutter free. If you share an office or cubicle with someone else, this is particularly important. And respect common areas like break rooms, kitchenettes, bathrooms, and meeting rooms too. Remember other people are working there too and they expect you to clean up after yourself.

Observe and listen

In your first few days and weeks on the job, take the time to listen to others and observe how tasks are performed and people conduct themselves. You need to become part of this culture while you learn new skills. Don’t be too quick to jump in and start making a mess of things. Take notes, identify who your mentors are, who the team leaders are, and how to do things the right way.

Never assume, just ask

Another part of this new job behavior is to ask questions about the things you do not understand or when dealing with a difficult person or situation. Never assume you know what to do. This can sink you and you will never live it down if you make a big mistake. Go to a more seasoned employee or your immediate supervisor and ask.

Treat others with respect

It can be tempting to want to dive right in and start changing the world, but when you start a new job it’s easy to step on some toes. Instead, respect the people you are working with and allow them to show you the ropes. Get trained on things and ask for help. Respect the team leads and win them over by demonstrating this respect. Seek out their advice on things.

Follow the rules

On the new job, take the time to read through the company handbook, understand how work policies affect you, get the right tools and resources gathered to perform your job, and just allow yourself to settle in. Follow all rules, especially those dealing with safety, information security, and customer service.

Be sure to get to know your co-workers in a positive way and enjoy the next few weeks and months in your new job. It’s going to be a great experience for your career.

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