5 things to try avoid doing in a new job

Congratulations on your new job!

Starting a new job can be nerve-racking and as if it’s not stressful enough, it’s often those first few months that really count. You want to make a good impression, do a good job and learn the ropes. 

It is not rocket science as you can see from our 8 tips to settle in your new school post. But there are things that you might want to avoid doing early on, here are five to consider.

1. Don’t overshare

It’s good to get to know people and be open about who you are but it’s probably best to leave sharing too much until you have got to know your colleagues a bit better as there is such a thing as too much information (to begin with!). Making colleague-friends is like dating – keep it fun and breezy at the beginning, there’s time to get serious later.

2. Don’t get involved with gossip or negativity

No workplace is perfect but it’s the responsibility of everyone to make it better. Be aware of joining any negative conversations or saying anything about colleagues or the workplace which might be taken the wrong way or be repeated at a later date. Negativity is the last thing you want in your first few months so it may be best for you to keep quiet or politely change the conversation (if you can!) or excuse yourself altogether.

3. Don’t be afraid to ask questions

Even if it seems like a stupid question (like how to use the coffee machine), ask away as your new colleagues may not be aware of everything you need. People know that you are new and will be happy to help. But be mindful of asking the same question many times, so make sure you note down any information if it’s not something you remember immediately.

4. Don’t be judgemental

Your new workplace will likely do things differently than your old one. Keep your ears and eyes open to learn as much as you can before you start banging on about how you used to do things in your old workplace. Actually don’t do that one either unless it is genuinely helpful! Also be nice to everyone no matter who they are – a smile goes a long way!

5. Don’t be a wallflower

Be at your bestest best (tiring, we know!) at least until you feel more established. Try not to be the first one to leave, offer your help to colleagues, volunteer for various things and be the closest thing to the perfect employee. Putting in the hours and hard work at the beginning to make a good impression can give you a bit more leeway later. 

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