Guidelines on 1st days on the job

  • Accept compliments when given to you truthfully. Avoid flatterers; they are dangerous to your ego. Let it be known that you do not like flattery.
  • Develop a habit of listening attentively. Many things are lost because of lack of paying attention. Be a good listener whether it is in a meeting or with a colleague. It will come in good stead.
  • Avoid bad mouthing anyone - even they deserve it. A better policy is to ignore it or confront it, and then leave it at that. Do not encourage rudeness of any sort to yourself or others.
  • When you find that you are upset, smile. Also, smile when you are happy. Smiling is not only infectious, it is great mood enhancer.
  • Do not be known as a lover of conflict and confrontations. Answer aggressiveness with calmness and poise (it takes practice and a lot of patience).
  • Be the smiley of the office - NOT the clown. Cheerfulness is appreciated, foolhardiness is not.
  • Always try to be part of the solution, not problems. Avoid punching holes into the system's functioning.
  • Learn to recognize other people's strengths and complement them when they do something exceptional.
  • Do not be afraid or shy to ask for help. This is the easiest way to network, as well as delivering a great job.
  • Accept compliments with poise and genuine pleasure. The right response will generate more appreciation.
  • Do not despair when things go wrong. The bottom line should be, 'Always believe in yourself.'
  • Do not let it go to your head when you taste success. Remember, 'you are never as good as they say when you succeed; and you are never as hopeless as they say you are when you fail.'
  • Keep this is mind,'Rejection is a matter of opinion. It should never stop you.'
  • Learn to say 'NO' when you do not want to do something. This ability will keep you out of trouble.
  • Always be ready to lend a hand - whether it is with work or on a personal level.