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Being the new person the office can be daunting. It might take you back to your high school days when everything felt like a popularity contest and one wrong move could result in being the target of ridicule for the rest of the year.
Luckily joining a new company is rarely as bad, since most of your colleagues will actually be grown-ups and will be happy to welcome on board a new team mate. Having said that, you can turn even the most welcoming of coworkers against you by making the wrong first impression.
With that in mind, Glassdoor’s Amy Elisa Jackson has listed the 10 things to never say in the first 30 days of work. Here are our three favourites.
1. “Isn’t that Chris’ job? Should we loop him in?”
We see no problem with the second part of this sentence – as long as you’re suggesting to loop someone in for their benefit, and not because you’re hoping they’ll do the heavy lifting for you.
Asking whether it’s someone’s “job”, however, is a poor way to phrase things. As Jackson points out: “It can make you sound uncooperative and may be a red flag to colleagues that perhaps you’re not a team player.”
2. “At my previous job, we used to do it like this…”
Bringing in someone from the outside can sometimes result in a breath of fresh air for companies. As a new hire, you might be asked to speak up if you notice processes or systems you feel could be improved, since you’re able to look at them in a different light.
While it’s possible for you to make valuable contributions this way, don’t try to do so within your first month on the job. Not only will it sound questionable if you keep referring to your old employer, you also haven’t been in your new role long enough to get to know the company’s processes, let alone suggest improvements.
3. “I tried my best.”
Here’s an example of something to never say, regardless of how long you’ve been with a company. Even if you feel like you’ve given it your all, don’t say that out loud. Get your boss to give you another shot at whatever it is you were supposed to do, and who knows, you might have better luck this time.
Telling someone you tried your best sounds like you’re giving up, which isn’t the impression you want to give two weeks into your probation period.
One of the main things to remember during your first month, is that this is not the time to give your opinion. Your first few weeks on the job are meant for you to absorb everything around you, learn the processes, and become familiar with your team. The best way to do that, is by listening.
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