Every company and team will have their own culture and norms. Not conforming to the office norms might put you in a position outside of the inner circle. Keep in mind not to fall into your previous routine in another company. Observe and and acclimate yourself to the new culture for better success at your new job. From communication preferences, punctuality, break time, to work flexibility, processes and systems, you have to learn to adapt to the new changes, unless you would want to be excluded from the inner circle.
2. Not writing down notes
When you are into your new job, there is massive amount of information to absorb during the first couple of weeks. However, if you are not writing things down, your boss might deem you as not taking the orientation seriously. Writing notes is not about pleasing your boss but it allows you to refer back to your notes and internalise what you have learnt so that you are able to ask specific questions about what you do not understand. Your boss will most likely be impressed when you ask specific questions than if you ask him/her to repeat what has been taught. You do not want to be perceived as a poor listener.
3. Turning down invites
Do not turn down the initial invitation to lunch or have a drink during Happy Hour by your boss or peers. Although you might be saving up or do not drink, accepting the invitation will be more advantageous to you. Take this opportunity to ask questions and find out more about your colleagues and work culture. It is ok to just order a glass of juice if you don't or can't drink, by being there physically, you will be perceived as a team player. It is not everyday that there will be such gatherings, so do take the opportunity whenever you can.
4. Sticking to your job description only
One of the biggest mistakes is to only do what the job description says, nothing more. There are times that you will need to work outside your limited job description. Be prepared to multi-task and be flexible with your job scope whenever needed. Don't forget your peers and boss are observing you. You may choose to reject the task outside of your job scope but this might jeopardise your next promotion or raise. And don't ask why, after doing what you are supposed to you are not being promoted. Your job description describes the minimum tasks that you should be carrying out, so don't expect wonders in your assessment grade if you reject tasks outside of your scope because this reflects that you lack team-work. This is different from accepting tasks outside of the scope and you are receiving so much more that you have to reject. For this, you might have to sound out the workload if it is affecting your performance in other areas.
5. Spending too much personal time at work
As with all jobs, you need to be mindful of the amount of personal time you spend while working, especially when you are starting a new job. Frequent personal phone calls or friends and family stopping by is not looked upon favorably by employers. Spending too much time chatting with your colleagues at your desk or pantry is not ideal as well. Also avoid sharing too much about your personal life with you boss if he/she doesn't seem to be an open book. Unless you are asked about it, you don't want your boss to perceive you as spending too much time on personal matters over work.
These are the common mistakes for you to take note of, not just when you are new to the organisation, but also when you have been in the company for awhile. Follow the best practices and avoid these common mistakes and you'll be on you way to success!
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