Top 7 Ways To Make A Great Impression At Your New Job

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business conceptWe all have a need for approval and acceptance. Most of us want others to like and think highly of us. At times, this may require us to make a concerted effort to be “likeable.” The workplace may be an area where you must make such an effort.

How do you ensure that you are well-liked in the office setting, where you most likely see your coworkers on a daily basis? Whether you’re starting a new job or just want to improve your relationships with the people you see most (away from home), here are a few tips.

1. Be friendly.

If you simply come to work and then sit at your desk or hide in your cubicle all day, people might start to ignore or even avoid you. Choose to walk in with a smile and an upbeat greeting such as “Hello,” or “Good Morning!” It’s pretty simple, but people will warm up to you much more when you’re friendly rather than stand-offish.

2. Be punctual.

People don’t like it when others waste their time. Be sure to arrive on the early side of on time for your shift or business meeting, and let others know if you will be unavoidably late.

Give yourself some wiggle room, especially if you have a bit of a commute. You don’t want to keep that client waiting because you got stuck in traffic. You would want them to show you respect, so show them the same courtesy.

3. Dress for success.

Depending on the company, some offices expect a very professional look while others are a bit more casual. When you begin a new job, go for the professional look and dress in such a way that shows you mean business and displays confidence.

If your office is more casual, you can always tone it down later. Just as you wouldn’t go out to play on a sports team without the proper uniform, neither should you go to work without the proper attire.

4. Be part of the solution, not the problem.

People like to complain about problems; however, simply complaining about problems never helps anyone. Instead, focus on ways to solve problems, and you just might become the go-to guy in your office.

5. Avoid gossip.

No one likes to be talked about behind their back. If someone tries to fill you in on the latest juicy tidbit, politely excuse yourself from the conversation or change the subject. After all, unless you’re getting something straight from the source, you won’t have all the facts.

If you do talk about someone when he or she isn’t around, be sure it is something positive that you wouldn’t mind them overhearing if they walked into the room.

6. Give credit where it’s due.

Your coworkers are important when it comes to working on office-related projects. You can’t do everything by yourself, so when someone helps you, make sure to properly thank him. If someone praises you for a job well done, share that credit with those around you who helped to make it happen.

7. Respond to emails and phone calls promptly.

It can be frustrating to send an email or place a phone request only to be ignored. Sure, you may have been away from your desk or in the middle of something that needed your full attention at the time, but be sure to respond to calls and messages as soon as you are available. Don’t keep clients or coworkers waiting too long, or they may feel as though they are unimportant to you.

Following these tips can help you become a well-liked and accepted “MVP” of the office.


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David Ching works with an American company, providing comfort and style in cubicles and other office furniture to customers in the business environment.


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