Picture this. You walk into your new office on your first day on the job. Suddenly, you realize how nervous you are. Who do you talk to? What do you say? How should you act? It’s easy to feel overwhelmed while going through a new transition in your life, so here are some tips of things not to say on your first days. Take it from us at DFSCC, we live by these tenets.
- Don’t talk about what you learned at your previous job
Yes, you may have learned a lot from your former employer, but constantly questioning the new things you are being taught is a surefire way to come across as a know it all. Chances are that things are done differently depending on where you work. Embrace the change and stay open to learning.
- Never ask about office drama
Odds are if you’re anything like me, you will want to get involved with the new social aspect of the office. However, it is important to never ask new co-workers about gossip, because this can reflect poorly on you. There is a difference between making friends with your co-workers and gossiping, so make sure you steer clear of the latter.
- Try not to complain about your old boss
Okay, so maybe the boss you left behind was blind in one eye and would yell whenever you made a minuscule error (I really hope not). Even so, you shouldn’t be complaining about it at your new job. This will make you seem like you talk behind peoples backs, and will leave your new employer wondering if you will say the same negative remarks about them. These kinds of comments can also make you seem like a negative person rather than the ray of sunshine you truly are!
- Stay away from everyday complaints
Things like, “I’m so tired!” or, “I’m ready to go home and nap!” are usually not well received from a new employee. You may be attempting to be facetious or just make conversation, but try to avoid things that make you sound lazy. Chances are, you’re not the only one to think those things, but just because you think them doesn’t mean they need to be said!