1. On time, but not too early
First, of course, apply the basics of the old school. Point one is punctuality. Do not be too late, but not more than 15 minutes too early, so as not to put pressure on others.
2. The dress code
A well-groomed appearance is the basis for a good impression and is a matter of course in professional life. When choosing the right outfit it gets tricky. Ideally, ask before the first day after the dress code and certain regulations, such as the casual Friday. If in doubt, choose a bit more "business" from your wardrobe than too little. Especially on the first day is a formal appearance better than inappropriate, casual clothes. If necessary, men can also put on a tie in the office. Women should bet on a natural make-up and discreet styling.
Important: Remember that the best dress does not help if you feel tired. Tired eyes and lack of concentration make a bad impression on the first day. It is embarrassing when you ask questions that have just been answered. So make sure you have enough sleep.
3. How do I introduce myself?
What's his name again? We know this about ourselves - not everyone will immediately remember the name of "the new". That is why it is always helpful and polite to introduce yourself by name and surname. On the other hand, you can better remember the names of others by repeating them: When you meet someone, you calmly talk to him or her several times in the conversation (of course not after every sentence!). This will make it easier to remember later - and as an attentive listener you leave a positive impression.
For small offices, it is part of greeting every employee in the room with a handshake. For open-plan offices, a greeting is enough. In any case: Long explanations to your own person or even a breakdown of what you have done before, is superfluous and is not expected. Rather, it offers a relaxed small talk, which can start with light topics such as the weather, the view from the office or the parking situation.
4. To use the informal or the formal "you?
No matter how hip or young the average company is - on the first day of the new job, it is not a good idea to make all new colleagues blanket. Too fast a "you" can be perceived as rude. Just wait and see, you will be offered a fast one. But you should not wait with greetings in general - who does not approach others, quickly dislikes.
5. The lunch
Even if it is difficult: take the initiative! Do not wait for someone to invite you for lunch. Just ask a couple of colleagues where they are going to eat and if they will take you with them. In the canteen, one can also ask at the table of colleagues, if one may sit down. Nobody will resent you, so do not be false!
In the long run one should not always have lunch with the same colleagues - that builds contacts and relationships with others.
6. The starting point: sparkling wine or cake?
The bottle of sparkling wine on the first day? Or would you rather bring a cake? First of all, it is important to choose the right time. The idea of a start-up is not necessarily to put cakes and that's it. Rather, a casual togetherness for a brief exchange with colleagues is the goal. The right time is very individual. The personal trainer and author Susanne Helbach-Grosser recommends the start after about four weeks, if you feel accepted. Of course, this can vary a great deal, so you should decide the time of gut instinct yourself - if you have already met the colleagues and have become warm with them.
It is best to discuss the time and duration of your debut with your supervisor. The easiest way to ask which frame is customary in the company - usually half an hour is usual. He can tell you when most of the team is in the office.
The best thing to do is to make the best start to your colleagues. What you bring is left to you. The scope depends on job level. Only alcohol is prohibited during working hours and is therefore not the ideal choice. Rather be used bread rolls, pizza or coffee and cake.
7. Questions and ideas
Pleas e ask your question! Use the first days for supposedly "stupid questions", because they are not available at the beginning. Take care of a notepad on the first day and write down questions that can not be answered immediately, as well as important details - which mainly include procedures and names.
If you have ideas, do not be afraid to introduce them. But - think of the right dosage and a corresponding formulation! Wisecrackers quickly get into the fat!
8. The end of work
You do not have to stay longer - that could be a bit over-motivated. On the other hand, thanks to the colleagues who have introduced you and put their work at the side of your back will be more sympathetic.
A good connection to the colleagues and the quick familiarization lay the foundation for a good working atmosphere in the future and naturally take more than a single day. The most important Success Factors are being authentic and polite, attentive and motivated.
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