Sometimes when you’re lucky, you get a new job and somehow you feel like you belong there. The tasks assigned to you are perfectly suited to your skill set, your boss supports you, and you get along with your coworkers. It’s all good.
But don’t get too comfortable and forget that you’re still a newbie. Old-timers in a company can do things that they can get away with because they’re old-timers. But you’re a newbie, so don’t expect to do the same.
Things You Should Never Do When Starting a New Job
Here are some rules that you can break when you’re an old-timer, but not when you’re a rookie on the job.
Don’t Take Advantage of the Flexible Schedule
Most bosses aren’t megalomaniac martinets who expect you to arrive on time every day, take lunch for precisely 1 hour, and leave at precisely the designated closing time. Most people are more relaxed, so some people can come in at 9:15 AM instead of 9 AM or leave at 4:40 PM instead of the regular 5 PM.
While some of the others who have been there longer than you can do all these (and take 90-minute lunch breaks too), you don’t have the same privileges. Don’t forget that those aren’t entitlements. Those are privileges, and privileges are earned.
As you’re a newbie, you haven’t earned anything yet. You first need to establish that you’re hardworking and professional before you think you can relax by obeying the rules of the schedule.
Don’t Question the Bosses
Seriously? You think you can question how the leaders of the company do things when you’re just too new at your job?
You may even think you’re not complaining about or criticizing current methods when you try to offer “suggestions”. But as a newbie, you’re not in any position to provide suggestions of any sort.
You don’t have the real work experience in the company to justify any trust in your opinion. You probably don’t have a full understanding of the whole situation. You may not even know enough about your superiors so that you can present your suggestions in the most effective ways.
So keep your eyes and ears open, and learn. Shut up for a moment and find out more, and that of course will take time!
Don’t Prejudge Your Coworkers
It’s easy to make up your mind about people based on your first impressions. But often after the passing of a few months, your perspective may change. The gossipy worker you abhor is actually a terrific marketer with excellent customer interaction skills. That lazy bum you thought was just goofing off may actually be the best programmer in the company.
Don’t be Sarcastic
Just as you don’t fully know your coworkers, they also don’t know you. So they may take you literally when you mean to be sarcastic. So tone it down and establish some rapport first. Be polite.
Don’t Complain About Your Former Boss
Sure, it may be funny. But you may end up looking like a whiner who can’t get along with anyone. Establish your professionalism first.