5 mistakes to avoid as a new employee

If you have joined a new workplace, make sure you don’t commit these gaffes as these can affect your career progression or mar your reputation, says Riju Dave.

IGNORING OFFICE CULTURE & PROTOCOL

Every office has its own norms of functioning and work practices. The biggest favour you can do yourself as a new employee is to observe and adapt to this routine, instead of following your previous office’s schedule or simply doing as you please. Be it the way office communication is carried out, paperwork is handled, work flow takes place, or dress code is followed, you should pay close attention and ask questions, if necessary. If you try to be different or show disregard for the work processes and protocol, you not only risk being ostracised by colleagues but, more importantly, it could harm your career as you may end up offending your boss.

TAKING ON TOO MUCH WORK OR NOT AT ALL

Eager to please the new bosses, many employees make the mistake of taking on too many assignments and then failing to deliver. This is a blunder for an employee at any stage, more so for a fresh worker. Do not set targets you can’t possibly achieve. The best way to tackle this problem is to make a realistic work plan, discuss it with your boss and proceed accordingly. At the same time, don’t follow a set schedule, doing only what you are asked to do.Take the initiative to do more than your mandate, assume greater responsibility, help colleagues and multitask without acting arrogantly.This will easily endear you to your new boss and colleagues.

HAVING POOR SOCIAL OR PERSONAL HABITS

There is no bigger put-off than a new colleague who is a slouch, is unhygienic or has poor social skills. The way you dress, talk, maintain your cubicle, treat support staff and handle your work schedule, all have a bearing on how you will be treated or how long you will last in the organisation. If your attire is too casual or garish, your work area is messy, you come in late or leave early habitually, speak rudely to the housekeeping staff or are generally overbearing in your attitude, you will not be tolerated for very long. Make sure you are polite, dressed well and are genial in your dealings with the staff.

BEING TOO SILENT OR A KNOW-IT-ALL

This is one of the most obvious and, yet, among the most flouted of rules. While it is natural to feel intimidated in a new environment, don’t isolate yourself and pass up opportunities to talk or socialise with your colleagues. This may create a wrong impression of being snobbish or having low confidence and self-esteem. At the same time, don’t act arrogant, be too talkative or familiar with colleagues, or take every chance to display your knowledge and skills at the expense of other team members. You will be sidelined immediately. Instead, show keenness to know and learn about the new work.

PRAISING OR CRITICISING FORMER EMPLOYER

This is another big no-no. Never gloat about your previous office, praise its work culture, act as if it was a better place to work in or constantly compare it with the existing company. It will be seen as an indirect criticism of your current organisation and will not go down well with your colleagues or bosses. If you are in a senior, managerial position, don’t be in a hurry to change the work systems according to your previous workplace. Appreciate the existing culture and bring in changes slowly, giving the team time to absorb these. At the same time, don’t criticise your former employers because you will be seen as a whiner or, worse, a gossip.

 

Date: 26th June 2017

Source: Economic Times

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