1. Make your own self-introductions
Most people wait to be introduced or brought around the office on the first day. Show that you are a high-performing team member. Take the initiative to introduce yourself to the team and to people outside the team. Don’t be afraid to knock on your boss’ door to introduce yourself and volunteer to take off some work off their hands.
At your discretion, you may also make the extra step to schedule coffees and lunches with team members whom you would like to get to know better. Do this in the first 2 weeks of your arrival and you are sure to get some meaningful interaction with your co-workers.
Pro tip: Try your best to remember everyone’s name.
2. Express Curiosity
Ask meaningful questions. Show that you have done your homework and are ready to learn more. Take advantage of your time as the new person in the office, and ask away. Carry a notepad with you to take notes. No matter how well you think you can remember things, you shouldn’t take chances. Writing things down also shows that you are a conscientious individual.
3. Understand Unspoken Dynamics
As a newbie, most of your time should be spent observing. Try to absorb everything that you can, by listening and observing. Understand the dynamics of the team, how people communicate, how work is allocated and how people interact with each other. A lot of this may be unspoken and it would be wise to observe first, and speak later. Take cues of how people speak, dress and act and adapt accordingly.
4. Volunteer to pick up the slack
As a new arrival, there may not be assignments or projects assigned to you immediately. In this case, don’t just sit around and do nothing. Be proactive, ask your colleagues if you can help out in any matter (even if the task is not glamorous). Ask to just sit-in on meetings, help out with administrative tasks and read old project files.
Finally, for the very first day, be sure to show up on time, bring all necessary supporting documents for HR and dress appropriately. If you have any questions on your career, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org