25 Tips for Your First Day of Work


What employees should do on their first day at work has become such a popular question I decided I would write an article about it. There is a multitude of impacting decisions that you can make to dictate how others will perceive you both in the long and short term on your first day. Don’t be fooled by the title, these behaviors need to carry out throughout your career, but these will give you a great jump-start.

  1. Show up at least 15 minutes early for your shift.
  2. Avoid judging individuals based on their first impression.
  3. Don’t share negative first impressions with other individuals.
  4. Build relationships with everyone, not a friendship with someone.
  5. Find out what is important to the company- immediately.
  6. Avoid openly comparing your old job with your new job.
  7. You don’t need to prove you “already knew that.”
  8. Try to avoid being perfect at a task before you dive in.
  9. Show initiative by offering to learn doing a task, rather than only observing it.
  10. Don’t probe employees for their opinions on your new leader
  11. Don’t ask individuals what you can get away with at work.
  12. Put your cell phone away at all costs, even if all of the other employees are using them (personal usage).
  13. Dress your best, look presentable- no wrinkles etc.
  14. Ask others what drives them, and what their hobbies are to show your human side.
  15. Follow up with other’s interests by sharing your own when they are similar.
  16. Be the last employee to leave for the day.
  17. Get plenty of sleep and be well-rested, don’t complain about being tired and bored.
  18. Show general interest in other’s assignments and responsibilities.
  19. Recap with your leader at the end of the day; thank them for providing you an excellent job.
  20. Avoid making suggestions at all costs! Wait until you understand the business before you try to fix it.
  21. When it is time for breaks, try to connect with everyone, force yourself to engage with others.
  22. Be extremely professional, don’t curse or say inappropriate comments-ever.
  23. Find top performing individuals- this is essential for your initial and ongoing development.
  24. Don’t complain about processes and policies until you are qualified to challenge them.
  25. Show nonstop appreciation for those willing to teach you along the way.

Print, post and share this list with your friends and family when they get their new job. This list doesn’t include everything, but it is a great start to a successful onboarding!

Develop daily,

Michael Dooley





2 thoughts on “25 Tips for Your First Day of Work

  1. Thanks for the reminder! I am just about to start a new job, (after 10 years of not working) so the timing is perfect for me. Also, thanks for the like on my blog, hope you’ll stop by again!

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