First day to office, get the best shirt you have, get the best trousers, polish the shoes until it shines like a mirror, get the best perfume etc etc..... So it is the best you put on to impress the people you will be meeting in first day of first / new company.
Let's look into some of the must do things as an employee joining a new organization :
1. Be who you are :
While they say "First Impression is the best impression", be who you are, do not over impress. While many employees take the extra effort to be accepted in new organization, what they miss out is probably that this extra effort would cost them in future. As people build expectations with your initial few interactions and to retain the impression with them new employees continue to deliver the extra effort which would drain out their energy. Therefore, be who you are!!
2. Listen carefully :
Open your ears widely to listen every bit of conversation. Restrain as much as you can from participating and providing your opinions in initial days. Listening attentively would help you to understand the culture of the organization and the people surrounding you. Your approach towards each employee can be easier if you listen carefully in initial days and plan your approaches to the peers, managers, sub-ordinates.
3. Ask Questions:
Its ok to ask questions!! People usually hesitate from asking questions. Do not hesitate, its good to get familiar with the organization before getting into the role. After all everyone was new in organization at one point of the time!
4. Time Utilization:
Employee carries the tag of "new" for quite some time and this time would differ from organization to organization based on the culture within and also the position and importance of the role within the organization. However, until such time, employee has to understand the organization structure, the key people within the structure and key contacts whom he would interact in future.
After all moving into a new organization is like moving into a new country many things are different. Therefore, it would always take some time to get familiar with the roads / rules / culture / people etc... Until then its only patience and ability to learn.
5. Prepare your speech
It is a common question "So tell me something about yourself" when you join new in any organization, especially when you are at bottom of pyramid. Its better to be prepared for such common questions, than to be extempore. You can organise your achievements, hobbies etc.. to impress the person you are interacting.
If you are moving / moved into a new organization, share in "Your thoughts".