Just changed your job? Hesitant? 6 mistakes to avoid at a new workplace

Just left a job of many years? About to start work in a new company? Want to make a worthy first impression?
Mixed feelings fill you up – excitement for the change and anticipation of what to expect. Its natural to feel this way. After all, anything can happen. It takes years to build a reputation and then to restart in a new place, can be nerve wrecking.

No one wants to make mistakes. Not just work wise but also in building relationships with boss and co-workers. So, what does one do?
Here’s a list of certain do’s and don’ts, which can help you make the right impression and cruise along positively.

You may know it all, but this is a new place –
You may be the expert, with years of experience in a particular field, but right now, this is a new place and people here know ‘this’ company better than you.

Don’t interrupt your colleagues in the first go. Listen, internalise, understand the ways of the new pitch and then give your inputs and ideas. Be patient and then begin. Excess zeal can work in a negative manner.

Remember, forget your old company –
There are certain procedures and ways that you may be used to and these may be very good practices. But now that the scenario has changed, don’t sounds like a brag or a drag! Talking too much about the processes that worked for your previous company may put people off.
Control you horses!

Don’t over speak about your skill set –
Over selling can be detrimental. Avoid. Stay true to what your skill sets actually are.
If you don’t know anything, say so. Over promising and then falling flat, will only spoil your image.

Ask questions –
Don’t let your ego coax you into being aloof, for not letting you ask, assuming you know it all.
Nothing looks bad in a new place. People expect you to want to find out. Don’t worry about being the annoying answer seeker. Be curious, prompt and open to assimilating.
Information about a new place will hold you in good stead in the future.

Engage with colleagues –
Don’t eat lunch alone! What this really means is engage, interact and spend time – off work – to get to know your new peers. This helps build comradery, trust and a relationship. They start to view you as one of them and not as someone who has just joined.

Gossip kills –
Make best buddies but not immediately. Don’t try to mingle by getting into gossip conversations. You are too new to cross the line. You don’t want to be labelled like one – it can destroy your reputation heavily.

A new place means new beginnings. Pave the way for a successful one! After all, you definitely want this new work to be as exciting, rewarding and enriching as the previous one.


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