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The Office Newbie's Survival Guide: Surviving Day One


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We've all been there.

That dreaded first day at the office. Of course, everyone gets nervous on their first day at any job, but offices in particular can appear to be extremely ‘grown-up’ and scary (or perhaps that’s just us?).

As a newbie, it can be difficult to know what to expect, and although everyone else appreciates that you’re new and might take a while to get into the swing of things, nobody wants to be the one who messes up on the very first day.

And we’re not just talking about the job itself, we’re talking about first appearances, office small talk and making friends. We’re here to answer some of the questions office newbies find themselves asking in the middle of the night before that dreaded first day…

Of course, no two office environments are the same, but there are some common factors that apply to every new office job.

That’s why we present you with the office newbie’s survival guide, which gives you all the necessary information for successfully surviving your first day (just remember not to take it too seriously!).

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The Office Newbie's Survival Guide: Surviving Day One

  1. 1. TOP TIP TOP TIP TOP TIP NOTEBOOK & PEN LUNCH BOTTLE OF WATER USB STICK CASH (VENDING MACHINE) Surviving Day ONE The Office Newbie’s SURVIVAL GUIDE: Wake up nice and early, eat breakfast, wash and put on your smartest work clothes. Check the weather reports to avoid weather-related clothes disasters. Aim to arrive at least 10 minutes early, but no earlier than 20 (You donʼt want to look TOO eager - play it cool). You should be at your desk by now and have had the down-low on what youʼll be doing by now. Make notes and say hello to everyone, smile, and use this time to ask questions. Be prepared to be thrown into the deep end. Most employers give their newbies a work task on day one - youʼve been hired to work after all! You might be invited to an office meeting (lucky you) - just take notes and wait it out. It may be wise to pop to the toilet beforehand and grab a drink on the way in - you donʼt know how long youʼll be there! top tips to remember... Make a bad cup of tea/coffee, you will be forever remembered for it. Make an awesome one, and youʼll forever be called upon for your cuppa-making skills. AVOID AWKWARD SMALL TALK: Have some discussion topics at the ready. Know whatʼs happening in the soaps, read the news and have a personal anecdote prepared. DONʼT be the first person to ask about lunch, play it cool and wait to see what everyone else does. If youʼre offered to go have lunch with your new boss and co-workers - GO! Twitter: @ChairOffice Pick your outfit the night before! TOP TIP 6:30amWAHTYOUWILLNEED8:50am10:30am11:00am13:00pm15:00pm17:00pm 12:00pm You should be at work by now WHY ARENʼT YOU AT WORK BY NOW?! Step on it! If you forget someoneʼs name on the first day, make a joke of it. For example: “Sorry if I forget your name, Iʼve met about a hundred people today!” TOP TIP Ask questions if youʼre unsure, but try figuring out the problem yourself before you ask (Google search is a lifesaver!) Excuse me? Offer to make a drink for everyone else in the office but make sure to aim for an averagely good cup of the sweet stuff. Ok ,lets do this! You might be asked out to drinks after your first day. The answer should always be “Yes”. Donʼt think that staying a bit late will impress your boss. Go home and reflect on what youʼve learnt today. The “reply-all” email feature can ruin your life. Re-start your computer before declaring it as broken. DONʼT bring tuna or egg salad for lunch. Just donʼt.