7 First-week Mistakes To Avoid At Your New Job

7 First-week Mistakes To Avoid At Your New Job

Or you might find yourself unemployed quick smart!

By Erin Leckie | 31st August 2016

It’s your first week at your new job and you’re excited to get started, meet all your new colleagues and really get this adulting thing down pat. Even if you did exaggerate your excel skills to land the position, it’s yours now and there’s no one who can take that away from you! Unless… of course, you make a massive workplace faux pas in your first week and end up getting fired. Don’t stress, that’s highly unlikely if you’re a smart, sensible and mature adult. For the rest of us, here’s what NOT to do in your first week at your new job.


It’s safe to bet that the parking spot closest to the office door usually belongs to the big boss. Definitely DO NOT park in it, even if it’s the only space free! Park a couple spaces down and be sure to keep it within the lines… You don’t want to step on anyone’s toes by parking obnoxiously on your first day!

Don’t be late!

In fact, you should try to be early. Triple check your alarm the night before and be sure to wake up at least 15 minutes before you think you need to (your nerves will probably have you up before your alarm goes off anyway, but just to be safe!). If you can, do a test drive in weekday traffic so you know exactly how long it takes and what time you need to leave. There’s nothing more stressful than running late on your first day!

Don’t Overshare

While you might be dying to tell someone about that crazy night out you had on Friday, or are choking back tears about a fight you just had with your partner – in your first week it’s best to just z, z, zip it! While your intentions to make friends might be innocent, oversharing is one way to unintentionally put your new co-workers off. Once you get to know everyone, there will be opportunities to open up – but try to avoid hot topics such as sex, religion or politics no matter how long you’ve been there!

Don’t Check Your Mobile Phone

You should probably turn it on silent, too. Even if your new workplace is super chill and full of the office hipster types who are all connected to five devices at once, it pays to play it safe and stay professional on your first day. You will survive one or two days without checking social media every hour… right?

Don’t Leave at 5pm On The Dot

If you want to make a really great first impression, don’t run out the door when the clock strikes five. Hang back, tidy up your workspace, finish up any paperwork for the accounts department and write down some notes for what you need to do tomorrow. Not only will it show you’re committed to the job, it will also help you organise your headspace for the information overload you’re about to receive.

Don’t Wear That Tight New Outfit

Yes, that new pencil skirt and stiletto combination does look fabulous on you, but it’s best to stick to the basics on your first day. Keep it comfortable and modestly professional until you know the lay of the land. You don’t want people judging your capabilities based on your outfit, even if the stylish amongst us know those thigh-high boots are totes trending right now!

Don’t Eat Someone Else’s Lunch!

That pack of Tim Tams might look tempting, but eating one (or if you’re like me, all of them) could possibly be the biggest workplace faux pas of all. So you forgot to pack a sandwich and the only café nearby is way overpriced, suck it up, princess! Nothing ticks people off more than someone eating their lunch, or part of it. It’s a sure-fire way to make enemies and should be avoided at all costs. A great tip to always having a yummy lunch of your own is to cook double your dinner the night before and take the leftovers the next day.


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Article by Erin Leckie

Erin Leckie is a freelance journalist and sub editor. Her lifestyle habits range from supermodel yoga enthusiast to carefree beer-loving backpacker, depending on what mood (or country) she finds herself in. Erin dreams of snowy, unspoiled mountain runs and cold brew coffee, because everything is better when you’re caffeinated.  


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