The start of a new job

The first days at a new job can be difficult. You have to learn new things and meet new people. Read some advice to understand what to do and how to manage the stress.

Starting a new job is very stimulating because it gives us the opportunity of a new start and to take advantage of a new opportunity. To begin settling in the new workplace, it is important to prove that you are helpful and kind.

Feeling nervous on the first day of work is normal. But remember that you have been picked because you possess the quality to perform the job.

Here are some tips that you may want to keep in mind during the first days in a new job in order to avoid wrong behaviors.

1. Learn the itinerary and transport you need to take to get to work
Study the itinerary that takes you to work first, and calculate the time you need to get there on foot or by public transport (bus, car, etc.). That way you won’t be late.

2. Be on time
Get to work on time, preferably 5-10 min early. For example, if you start work at 8 am, try to arrive at 7:50. That way if you need to change or get ready for 8:00 you will be ready to go.

3. Turn off your phone
Turn off your phone or set it on vibration. Your phone could distract your focus during work.

4. Ask about your supervisor or contact person
If you have a supervisor or contact person, ask to see them when you arrive. When meeting your supervisor, don’t be shy. They know it’s your first day on the job and expect questions from you to help you familiarize in the new environment. Ask them what you need to know before starting the job and what you need to do. Listen carefully to what they tell you. Asking questions shows how important it is for you to do a good job.

5. Get to know your colleagues
Introduce yourself to your new colleagues and get to know who they are and what work they do. This way you will also know who to ask for information if you have a doubt or problem in the future.

6. Take time to learn
Feeling uncomfortable when starting a new job is normal. Everyone knows that you are new and that you have to learn many things. Stay focused and ask your supervisor or colleagues questions to help you best perform your tasks. The questions show that you are interested and excited about what you are doing.

7. Go to work every day you are supposed to be in
If you have a timetable with the shifts, always stick to it. Stay at work until the end of your shift. If you finish what you have to do early, ask if there is anything else you could do. You will show that you care about the job and that you want to contribute as much as possible. If you have an urgency and need to leave your job first, ask your supervisor for permission first. Never leave before the end of the hours without notifying.

8. If you are sick, notify your workplace as soon as possible
Explain that you are sick and that you need to be home that day. Notify immediately so they will find someone to replace you if needed. In case of illness, after notifying your workplace, you must also contact your doctor so that they check you and issue the certificate of illness that you will have to send to your employer.

9. Help your colleagues
In small businesses, you may be required to perform many different tasks. If you are a warehouse worker in a supermarket, cleaning the floor or arranging the products on the shelf could all be part of your tasks. If a colleague is on vacation, you may be required to do some of their homework. This is the type of team work, and in a team collaboration is required to get the job done. If you show that you are cooperative, your supervisor will also remember you when there is a possibility for promotion.

10. Always the truth. Making mistakes happens
It is best to be honest with your supervisor and colleagues. If you make a mistake, that is fine. You can say that you were wrong and that you are sorry. This may be difficult but it is highly appreciated in a work environment.

11. Follow the instructions given to you
Always follow the instructions given by your supervisor. If you can’t do some of the things you have been asked, for religious or personal reasons, explain why so you can find a solution. Remember that it is good to share your ideas and opinions. That way your supervisor and colleagues will know your motivations and respect them.
However, be careful not to follow instructions, even by your supervisor, if you are asked to do illegal things, meaning serious issues prohibited by law.

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