Behaviors Newcomers to the Workplace Should Avoid

Recently, many fresh graduates are preparing for autumn job hunting. As a newcomer to the workforce, what should you pay attention to in your daily behavior? Today, Recruitery will give you a list you can fellow and refer to so remember to bookmark it if you found it useful for you!

1. Pay Attention to Attendance and Don't Be Late

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Many new entrants to the workplace don't consider attendance very important and are often slightly late. Being slightly late is not an issue, but are you sure that when you arrive, you can efficiently set up your computer, have a clean desk, and address your personal matters before calmly diving into work? If not, it's best to estimate your arrival time ahead of schedule. If the leader sees you in a rushed and disorganized state in the morning, they might be concerned that your work will be error-prone.

2. Confirm the Situation When Urging Someone to Work

When you encounter an issue or need to urge someone to work on a certain task, please be sure to reconfirm the situation. For instance, there's a workflow that has been sitting with a manager for over a day and is quite urgent. At 3:00 PM, you checked, and it hasn't been approved yet. So, you decide to wait until the manager returns to the office to follow up. The manager returns at 3:20 PM, and at 3:30 PM, you enter their office to press them to approve the workflow, to which the manager awkwardly says, "I've already approved it." If you had reconfirmed before entering the office, this situation might have been avoided. You might ask, why not follow up as soon as the manager returns? Typically, we need to allow some contingency time. Urging someone, or reminding someone, is not a very safe approach. Sometimes, you don't know what the manager is considering, and you should adapt to the manager's habits.

3. Avoid Repeatedly Asking the Same Question or Expressing Doubts Multiple Times About the Same Issue

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Whether you're dealing with superiors or colleagues, you will undoubtedly have many questions. It's a good idea to write them down. Don't think your memory is flawless. If you didn't remember or understand something, be sure to ask and clarify when it's appropriate and won't be a burden to others. Especially when you're dealing with your superiors, if you genuinely feel you don't understand, and the other party has explained thoroughly, you can say, "You've explained it well, but I need some time to digest it. I don't think I'll fully grasp it, so I might need to ask you again later," or use other polite ways to express that you'll need some time to think. However, you might ask, why not just ask when you return to the office? Because, usually, you should reserve some contingency time. Urging or reminding someone, in my view, isn't the safest approach, as sometimes you don't know what the person is considering.

4. Closed Loop is a Sign of a Reliable Worker

Closing Loops on tasks is a significant indication of your competence at work. Many people go about their work or life with a "get by" mentality. If someone doesn't bring up an issue, they might think they can just let it slide. In life, sometimes, flexibility and adaptation might be necessary. However, in work, I believe that unless you're in a leadership position with control over the direction, you should provide a closing statement to your team or supervisor, either when a task is completed or when it's determined to be put on hold. Keep providing updates until a task can be postponed, or until summary materials are produced. Otherwise, this might give the impression of procrastination.

5. Prioritize Results Above All

If you make a mistake at work, never think about concealing it. You should inform your supervisor as soon as possible. Your supervisor has more experience than you do. If you keep delaying and the mistake eventually affects the outcome of the task, your supervisor will be quite concerned. If they assigned you the task, they must have assessed that you could handle it. If you can't, they were probably prepared for it. Don't wait until the mistake results in work going in the wrong direction.

6. Gossip and Office Politics

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Engaging in gossip and office politics is a common pitfall for many newcomers to the workplace. While it may seem tempting to join in conversations about colleagues, bosses, or company dynamics, it's a behavior that should be strongly avoided. 

By avoiding gossip and office politics, newcomers can create a more positive, productive, and harmonious work environment for themselves and their colleagues. This behavior demonstrates maturity and professionalism, contributing to a successful and fulfilling career.

In Summary

As newcomers to the workplace, it's essential to navigate your early career with grace and professionalism. While adjusting to a new job, you'll encounter various challenges and opportunities. Avoiding behaviors like being late, gossiping, and other common pitfalls will help you establish a positive and productive presence in your professional life. 

By focusing on punctuality, ethical conduct, effective communication, and continuous learning, you can set the stage for a successful and rewarding career journey. All the best as you start working in your new company!