Post on 11-May-2017




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Congratulations on entering the world of work. Say goodbye to your social life, watch your personal relationships steadily decline and dont even think about relaxing again until youre 65. Alright, its not that bleak. But it can be hard if you dont get off to the right start. When you walk into your new environment for the first time and are introduced to your new work and new colleagues, youre going to feel slightly intimidated and rightly so, as humans we naturally try to work out as quickly as possible if someone is a moron or not. So here are some tips to help you avoid being dubbed just that.Smile

We naturally judge people within a fraction of a second so make sure youre wearing your best smile when you first stroll into the office. Scowling, or looking angry or smug are symptoms most prominently displayed by the moron and youll want to avoid being categorised like that at such an early stage of acquainting. Make yourself look friendly and approachable by flashing an honest smile no creepy grins though.Be Polite

This is quite an obvious one really but still needs to be stressed. Even if youre shy, try your best to respond enthusiastically to your new colleagues and demonstrate good courteous manners. Most morons are pretty rude and generally not very friendly so display some manners to disassociate yourself from the idea of you possibly being such a type.Be organised

You have to demonstrate a professional work ethic right from day one. This will show that you are there to take the job seriously and carry out your work competently. Dont leave mess lying all over the place, especially if youre going to be sharing your work space with a colleague.

Be in touch

Be sociable. Start small talk with as many of your new colleaguesas you can when it seems appropriate. Get a feel for what the ethos is in your new work environment and try to deduce what sort of things people are talking about. Youll soon feel in the loop with whats going on, work related and non work related, and this will help you to settle into things quicker and be viewed as an important member of the group.Look the partFind out what the dress code is before you go in on your first day. You dont want to stand out because youre sporting completely different attire to everyone else. Avoid any outrageous hairstyles at this stage as well, after a week or so in the job youll be able to gauge whats appropriate and whats not. Have a sense of humour

Try your best to have a sense of humour. This doesnt have to entail doing ten minute stand up slots at each colleagues desk. It just requires you to be laid back about humour and not seeming like someone who takes their self too seriously. Obviously, dont start cracking jokes that are going to be offensive but do try and loosen up as much as you can. If you can demonstrate a participating sense of humour then your colleagues will quickly warm to you, improving your work relationships and social status. Pay compliments

This doesnt have to involve confessing your deep burning love for a new colleague youve just met. It just means that you should pay the odd respect here and there to others. People like receiving compliments and as a result will like you for it. Everyone likes to be complemented, some may be very good at humbly pretending they dont, but the reality is that respectful compliments can go a long way.

Be Yourself

This should come pretty naturally to you. To make a good first impression we are basically trying to express the best of ourselves whilst avoiding silly mistakes. Dont try to be someone youre not. When people try to act like someone theyre not it is most often very see-through and ironically gives off a far worse impression than if they had just been themselves. Have faith in who you are. Just relax, be friendly, open and honest. The only circumstance where one should try not to be their selfis if they are genuinely a moron.