You’ve secured your next role in admin. Time for a quick refresher of the types of office behaviour to avoid while you’re settling in!
Don’t be late
Not at all, not even by one minute. This includes coming back from lunch!
Don’t wear anything too casual
It’s better to dress smartly on your first day and work your way backwards from there. You don’t want to rock up in completely the wrong clothes and make a bad first impression!
Don’t use your phone
If you haven’t been told specific rules about using your mobile, don’t get yours out on the first day! Check to see if your colleagues are openly texting or taking calls, and if so it may be OK to follow suit when you feel comfortable. If you have a direct manager then check with them to see what their preference is.
Talking about other people is natural human behaviour. No matter how innocent your comments, passing judgement on your colleagues or boss in your first few weeks is a bad, bad idea. You may feel pressure to go along with the office gossip, but try not to say anything which could potentially come back and bite you!
Don’t eat all of the cake (straight away)
Offices = Cake. Or biscuits. Or sweets. Or all three! Whilst you may be a chocolate monster at home, be reserved in your level of snacking to make sure you don’t take an unfair amount. Better yet, bring your own treats in to say thank you for a great first week! Something else to look out for is that anything hidden away in cupboards may belong to someone in particular, so it’s best to ask before you eat just in case.