How to make (and maintain…) a good impression at work

So you’ve been through the interview process; you’ve likely seen off numerous equally skilled and enthusiastic candidates and, after a long wait with bated breath, you’ve received the call… the job is yours!

You have clearly impressed thus far, but now what?

By all means take a moment to celebrate and give yourself a pat on the back but it is also important to remember that in many respects, the hard work starts here. And so here are just some of our top tips on how to make (and maintain) a good impression at work.

Punctuality. Punctuality. Punctuality.
Of course, with flexible working becoming more and more popular across many sectors taking a regimented approach to what time we arrive at (and leave) the office may seem a little outdated, BUT being consistently on-time and ready to work by the time your office officially opens demonstrates a great attitude and is an easy way to cement your reputation as a reliable employee. Especially in the early days in a new role.

Mistakes….
“A man who never makes a mistake will never make anything”, “the person who never made a mistake never tried anything new”, “a fellow who never makes a mistake must get tired of doing nothing”.

Many famous folk have been linked to sayings about mistakes including Benjamin Franklin, Theodore Roosevelt, and Albert Einstein. The point is, we all make them and they’re hugely valuable if we learn from them; and it’s important to remember that this is what your boss will expect from you… Not that you won’t ever make a mistake, but that you’ll take on board the appropriate lesson or implement the correct action when you do.
It’s also crucial that you admit to them – and certainly don’t point the finger of blame at others. Own up to your mistake and you’ll earn the respect of your boss.

Be a team player
"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." --Andrew Carnegie

The wise words of Andrew Carnegie suggest that if we keep in mind (and make it our business to know) what the Company’s vision is, we’ll naturally find ourselves aligned with those around us in order to achieve goals.

Even on a more basic, human level; step up and be a team player. If there’s a crisis at work, offer to help in any way you can. If you’re aware your colleague is staying late to work on an important deadline or if you know that your boss is on a tight schedule show initiative (and empathy…) by asking if you can help with anything at all.

You never know; something as simple as a nice cuppa might be all that’s needed for your colleague to feel a bit more supported. Not to mention embed your reputation as a solid member of the team.

Listen. 
Listen intently and be receptive to any guidance given – more often than not, it’s being said for good reason. It might be that the guidance is central to the way the company works, or that the management team are trying to help you over a hurdle that your predecessors have faced. Either way – don’t be tempted to be a ‘know it all’ by telling people how you used to do something – be humble and open to new ways of working (that’s not to say you shouldn’t contribute ideas).

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