Advice for new employees entering a new work environment

Advice for new employees entering a new work environment

Don't discount making a strong first impression, it can make or break the way you interact with your co-workers going forward.

A male manager introduces a new employee to her co-workers
A male manager introduces a new employee to her co-workers/iStock/@Andrey/Popov

We all know that the prospect of getting a new job comes with a host of excitement, but also has its challenges. 

It can be daunting to start work at a new place or just being new to the work environment as a whole. There are many matriculants who may opt to work and study and there are also graduates that will start work this year. 

Learning the ins and outs of the work environment can sometimes take people years. So, we wanted to keep you in the loop and share some informative tips. 

  • Make a good first impression

Don't discount what making a solid first impression can do for you and your career. It allows people to remember you, but don't be cocky, no one likes a 'know-it-all'. Learn the art of communication. 

  • Spend time looking over the SOPs and meeting colleagues

Taking the time to read over all the processes and procedures can be valuable early on. Not only because it is informative, but also because it will help you prepare for your role and get a feel for the company as a whole. 

Also, make time to get to know your colleagues, you are going to be working with these people after all. 

  • Don't be afraid to speak up

Often we tend to play it soft and silent when we are the newbies. But standing loud and proud and sharing your knowledge can leave a lasting impression. It can also help you find your feet and gain more confidence in your new role. 

  • Take notes

Taking notes can be such an asset to you in your new role. Because everything is new to you, you may forget something important during your walk around or training induction, so, take notes that you can use as a reference.

  • Set boundaries

Sometimes as a new person, people can take advantage and ask you to do things that are not part of your scope. Clearly understand your role and responsibilities and make sure to be subtle in the art of setting boundaries. 


  • Practice good time management

This is something that you should learn and practice early on in your career. It will help you in all areas of your life. When you can manage your time well, you can be more productive and also prepare for deadlines. 

  • Ask for help and ask questions

We live in a society that somehow makes us feel bad for asking for help. Don't be afraid to ask for help from your team, that's what they are there for. Also, ask questions if you are not sure about something, there's no such thing as a silly question. 

  • Make time to improve your skills

Have a personal development plan in place and speak to your line manager about courses you would like to take to improve your skills. 

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