So it’s your first day in the office. Everything is strange and unfamiliar, from the faces around you to your new desk. You’re not really sure what to expect. All you know is that you’re petrified to make a mistake or ask a silly question: Don’t be.
Most people tend to fear becoming the “new guy” in the office all over again. This shouldn’t be something you’re afraid of, but something you should embrace. Don’t get me wrong – you’ll be nervous because everything is new, but this new experience has many upsides that will always outweigh those first-day jitters.
It’s what you’re told as a kid when you move and have to go to a new school. It’s day one, and no one there knows you beyond your resume, and only a few even saw that. Take the opportunity to let you be you. New beginnings mean new opportunities.
You shouldn’t be afraid to make mistakes, especially when you’re just getting your footing in an office environment. Everyone there has made at least one mistake, no matter what it is. Just be vigilant and try to catch them yourself, or if others beat you to the punch, be sincere and correct your mistake.
Be Inquisitive and Ask Questions
If you’re not sure about something, take the chance and ask a co-worker. People are generally friendlier than they appear at first sight, especially in an office environment. Even if they don’t know the answer, they may be able to point you to someone who does.
Be inquisitive and poke around the office a little bit. You’ll probably get a short tour of your new office and maybe even the surrounding areas. Don’t be afraid to take a few minutes to see what there is to offer. You never know if you could be missing out on a great opportunity.
If you take the opportunity, and can overcome some of your anxieties and first-day jitters, it may just turn out that this new experience is more exciting than you thought.