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New on the job: How to be a great new employee!

Being new on a job is not easy, especially in the beginning. Think about it this way: you and your friends know how to contact each other, know how to talk to each other and know what each other likes and doesn’t like.  As a new employee, you have to learn all this about your boss in a short space of time, as well as how to do your job. To add even more pressure, chances are, the way your boss likes doing things, isn’t what suits you.

So to make life as easy as possible, here are a few simple rules that new employees should follow:
  1. Arrive on time for work, that means 5 minutes early.
  2. Find out when and where to take breaks and lunch, and don't stay longer than allowed, even if others do.
  3. Ask where to keep your lunch and personal possessions.
  4. If you smoke, ask about where you are allowed to smoke.
  5. Introduce yourself. Don't wait for others to be nice to you, introduce yourself to everyone.
  6. Ask your boss how they would like things done.
  7. Keep your boss up to date with your work, let them know your progress.
  8. Choose the topics you talk about at work carefully, if you’ve gone out the night before don’t make that the focus of the day.
  9. Thank people who teach you or show you things.
  10. Show respect to your boss even if you don’t agree with their decisions.
  11. If you need to tell your boss something, call them, or speak in person – don’t text them.
  12. Say hello and speak to people you meet on the job.
  13. Keep personal phone calls to a bare minimum (preferably nil). Make sure your phone is switched off or on silent - just check your phone during breaks.
  14. If you don’t know how to do something ask – there’s no such thing as a stupid question.
  15. Take initiative and offer help, don’t stand back and wait to be asked.
  16. Write down everything and ask questions if you do not understand anything. An employer would rather you asked a question about a task instead of getting that task wrong.


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