We have seen how to make a good impression, now let’s see how not to make a bad impression. Research shows that over half of workers make a BAD impression on their first work day. Don’t let this be you!!
The Biggest No No’s
You would think that after going through the intimidation of an interview, the trials of a test, and the stress of a shortlist, jeopardising the first day on the job with a bad impression would be a bridge too far. Incredulously, it’s far more common than anyone would imagine.
Whether it’s a case of complacency or nerves, remains to be seen. Here are a few of the main culprits:
- Arriving late
- Innapropriate clothing
- Bumping a colleagues car (and not owning up to it)
Preparation, Preparation, Preparation
By being prepared many of these bad impressions could be avoided. For example, planning the route to work and even doing a trial run around the same time could highlight hazards along the way. Getting clothes ready the night before and checking travel plans could also help avoid delays.
Interestingly, clothing, or rather the wrong clothing, seems to contribute to a large portion of the bad impression brigade. Whilst some people breeze through their wardrobe with an eye for a fitting outfit, others struggle to get it right.
A poll of workers revealed:
82 per cent believing they’re more likely to make a positive impact on their first day if they know they have got their clothing spot on.
Turning up wildly over or even under-dressed was among the mistakes new workers do on a first day, with more than seven in 10 wishing they had a uniform for work, in a bid to make their first day – and consequently first impressions – easier to manage.
How Employers Can Help Employees
It’s important to remember, everyone was new once. Some people can be so nervous they spill their coffee, stumble through conversation and in some cases go completely blank when confronted by other members of staff. This doesn’t mean, they aren’t capable of doing their job.
It may ,mean that they just take more time to settle in than others.
By being sympathetic and acknowledging that everyone has their own speed of settlement, a new employee will be encouraged to take control and focus on the job in hand. Ensure there is a desk or workspace allocated before they arrive and if need be, do an introduction to the other members of staff.
Remind them that they aren’t expected to remember everyone’s names and titles on the first day, and above all let them know it’s good to ask for help.
Learning how to make a good impression instils a sense of confidence in a person, making any first day an easier ride. By having the ability to read body language, handshake like a pro and confidently look people in the eye, meeting new people and being in alien situations becomes enjoyable, not terrifying.
Accidents happen and sometimes the forces align against us so we are late, or we do spill coffee over our brand new business suit. It’s all about the recovery though. Making a good impression involves handling these situations with an air of ease and comfort, as let’s face it we are only human!!
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