By Damilola Faustino
Many people on their first job think that when they get their employment letter, it is all Uhuru. But, there are quite a few ways to ruin your first year of employment if you’re not careful. Here are some mistakes some people make at their first job:
There are days when the bus is delayed or your car breaks down on the highway. But, don’t make this a habit. You want to fit in and not stand out. Others will notice and soon it will be a performance problem.
Having no goal
If your boss hasn’t set up formal work targets within the first month on the job, take the initiative to set up a meeting and have a discussion to formally outline performance expectations. This will help avoid potentially uncomfortable discussions later.
Hoarding at your workspace
Appearance is everything, and even if you’re very busy, it’s important to appear organized and in control at all times.
Avoiding the administration
Not making friends with the administrative assistant supporting your group will only hurt you. Make sure to always thank your assistant, get to know their families, what’s important to them, and how to work best with them.
Don’t share too much too quickly with too many people at work. Keep it professional. Remember, it takes time to build genuine relationships, so carefully select who you share non-work things with. Too many times non-work stories have come back to hurt someone’s career.
Being polite and positive brings double the benefits compared to the very little effort it takes to initiate. Saying good morning, goodnight, and flashing a simple smile regardless if you’re having a bad day is the goal.
Waiting on your boss
If your boss doesn’t take the time to sit down with you, make it a point to set up an appointment on his/her calendar. Don’t wait on your boss to meet with you. Learn now how to manage up now to save you the growing pains later.
You act like you know everything
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