7 Helpful Hints for a Successful First Day at Work


Obviously, when you start a new job you are a little bit scared. No matter how young or old you are and how many times you do it, it’s difficult to stay calm during the first day in a big (or small) and new office. So if you are feeling scared and nervous, check out some useful tips for a successful first day at work.

1. Prepare

The first thing you should do is to prepare for your first day at work! Even if you haven’t been asked to do it and you know that you’ll be working on a specific project, do some research in advance. That way, you will feel more confident. Plus, it will make a good impact on your future success with the organization.

2. Choose your attire carefully

In order to avoid rushing in the morning, plan everything ahead the night before. It’s really important to choose appropriate attire and get it all ready for the morning. It’s better to dress conservatively. And don’t forget to get up earlier to get ready and get to work in time!

3. Be polite

Don’t just hope to blend in, and don’t expect others to come up and introduce themselves to you, you have to introduce yourself first. Don’t be sad if some co-workers ignore you, they are busy working. So walk in and when you meet someone new, smile, introduce yourself and tell them that it’s your first day at work.

4. Don’t get involved in office gossip

Never ever get involved in office gossip on your first day at work. When you hear coworkers start gossiping, try to keep quiet or walk away. If a known gossiper tries to gossip directly to you, quickly change the subject. Avoiding gossip at work is the best way to save your own reputation.

5. Have a positive attitude

First day can be very stressful, because you have been there a short while and you are feeling a bit lost. But don’t get disappointed! Have a positive attitude and you will endear your colleagues to you much faster.

6. Ask questions

Perhaps this is the most significant tip on my list. When you are unsure about something, feel free to ask! Nobody can expect you to know everything on your first day. Quite the contrary, everyone will be expecting you to ask many questions. So don’t struggle on your own, ask!

7. Offer a cup of tea or coffee

Okay, you want to make a really good impression on your first days at work, right? If you notice that your coworkers often get up and make coffee or tea not only for themselves, but also for others, take the lead. The next time when someone wants coffee or tea, offer your help.

As I said before, the first day may be stressful, but try to stay calm and positive. Do you have some other tips to add? Share your thoughts, please!