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Common Mistakes That New Hires Make

New hires are often so caught up in the excitement of their new position that they make a few blunders early on without even realizing it. Unfortunately, these mistakes can shape their co-workers’ perception of them permanently. To make a good impression and build long lasting connections in the office, avoid making the following mistakes:

Ignoring corporate culture

When you’re new to the office you don’t want to be fake, but it’s important to understand the culture that exists within that company. If you stick out like a sore thumb it can make it harder for you to make connections and excel in your new role. Understand what kind of office you’re in. Do people collaborate or is it more of a quiet working environment? Do people dress in business attire or is it laid back? How do people interact with each other?  Take note of these points; it’s important to respect the company culture in order to do well in that office.

Make it a point to get to know everyone

In some instances, it can be hard to break into a new office. This is especially true if most of the staff members have been there for years and already knows each other well. Don’t let this intimidate you. Go out of your way to put yourself out there and make connections with your colleagues. Ask them questions, make conversation, and show that you’re a team player. It may take a little time, but eventually you’ll feel like part of the team.

Don’t be afraid to admit your mistakes

When you’re new in an office, it can be hard to admit when you make a mistake. You don’t want your colleagues to think less of you and you don’t want to get off on the wrong foot with your manager. In reality, denying mistakes can do more damage in the long run. While it’s not easy to fess up when you’ve made a faux pas, it’s better to own up to it and then try to correct it.

It can be overwhelming trying to get your bearings when you’re new to an office, but paying attention to company culture and trying to establish connections early on will pay off and make the transition easier. Make it a point to learn what makes that office tick and you’ll feel much more comfortable heading to work each day.

Lauren Levine

Lauren Levine is a copywriter/blogger who contributes to a number of magazines and websites including The Frisky, USA Today, and others. She also authors her own blog called Life with Lauren. She loves cooking, anything on the E! network, and is trying to convince herself that running isn't so bad.