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Intern Tips: Your First Day

Whether you’re the newbie in the office or just simply trying to uphold a good image of yourself, it is important to learn to impress your co-workers. To form a strong connection with others, consider the following tips which develop your interpersonal communication and by extension, strengthen your organisational and management skills.

Arrive at Work Early and Ready to Work

For the normal 9-5 jobs, it isn’t much to spare an extra five to ten minutes at the start and end of your workday to arrive at work early and leave late. This little detail will simultaneously impact your schedule minimally whilst showing your co-workers or managers your enthusiasm for your role. If it is your first day in a new job location, it is highly recommended to arrive early to your orientation to ensure you don’t miss any

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crucial paperwork or directions. In addition, time-related stress can be reduced by giving you the extra minutes to complete your daily tasks and train you to work/time-manage more efficiently.

Dress to Impress

How you dress or present yourself in your business attire to your colleagues will make an impression before you exchange words. Wearing the appropriate clothes, be it uniforms or by a strict dress code, is crucial to impressing others. Don’t forget to choose clean, coordinated clothes and iron them before leaving your house. Consider the level of formality at work and buy clothing that is both comfortable and relatively formal. It helps to imagine you had already gained that promotion, so you should select the appropriate smart outfit that dresses the part- embrace the age-old maxim of ‘faking it til’ you make it!

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Make a Lasting Impression at the First Meet

A strong handshake, warm smile and confident attitude can help you win over your co-workers. People will appreciate you remembering names, job roles and positions, which is an effective strategy to show you pay close attention which psychologically appeals to people. Take on this advice and introduce yourself to people as frequently as possible (without accidentally re-introducing yourself) such as anyone you meet standing near the coffee maker or at the printer. These extroverted qualities allow you to practice being more outgoing and approachable, as you avoid awkward silences.It helps build your commanding presence if you have an introduction speech prepared before greeting people. For example, you might use the following prompts throughout a greeting,“Hi my name is Jane, what’s your name?What do you do?Where can I find the best breakfast food near this office?I can’t wait to share ideas and work more closely with you!”Think of this as an elevator pitch about yourself. Preparing prompts for one-on-one or group meetings will break down social barriers and show your leadership skills to your co-workers. Of course, give your colleagues time to speak so that you are not overtaking the conversation. Prove your interest in their background and ideas by listening intently while asking them questions too.Nurturing a relationship with your co-workers in a new workplace is especially encouraging to employees who may be threatened by new people. As long as you are sympathetic to people and sincerely express your excitement or gratitude towards working beside brilliant people, your co-workers will have a positive impression of you.

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Positive Body Language

As long as you maintain confident body language, your colleagues are much more receptive to your ideas or opinions. It is as simple as practising a poised posture, making eye contact or other minor body language cues that suggest your attentive listening and assertive speaking ability. Positive body language can also be used as a disguise on the days you feel unusually unenthusiastic or energetic- utilising affirmative non-verbal signs during conversation or interaction can reduce the need for verbal actions. This means your colleagues will see your slumpy appearance before they acknowledge anything profound you may say. So sit up straight and chin up!

Organise Your Work Schedule

Plan out your day with a daily planner or curated timetable which prevents you from forgetting important events or deadlines. Your co-workers would especially appreciate it if you were on top of your team assignments or were punctual to business meetings.Having a schedule will allow you to complete your work timely and demonstrate your reliability and top-notch organisational skills to your colleagues. This will enable you to work consistently throughout the day or week, at a sustainable pace which won’t overwhelm you with work. In addition to reducing your workload in the short and long term, you will find yourself rushing projects less and hamper the possibility of a promotion.

Take the Initiative in Business Projects

By simply holding a pen and paper to take notes during business meetings, or by offering to organise the online drive for team assignments, you have boasted your potential as a participative and reliable team member or co-worker. Little actions can add a lot of value to your work culture. During meetings, you must speak up and voice your ideas or concerns and help guide conversations into more productive or relevant subject matters. It is okay to take a dominant role if you are confident and well versed on the topic of conversation!

Be Proactive and Offer Help to Your Colleagues

If you can spare anytime, it is a good opportunity to offer your help and guidance to your co-workers who might be struggling to meet deadlines. Instead of kicking back and putting your feet up on the table, be proactive and lend a hand to your colleagues in case they need help. This will show not only you taking initiative but you are competent for extra work. As your volunteering experience builds, so will your reputation as a real team player. Your supervisor and staffers will likely see your potential in higher job roles and this could open up the possibility of promotions or rewards for you.

Contribute to a Healthy Work Culture

As the management hierarchy flattens in many businesses which embrace a democratic approach, each employee is responsible for the overall atmosphere and environment in

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their workplace. To help keep your workplace buzzing and positive, you can contribute by making friendly suggestions to encourage productive workflows such as incorporating plants or a ‘Bring Your Pet to Work Day” which are both lively concepts as well as refreshing changes to the business work culture.

Learn From Your Mistakes

You will inevitably get something wrong no matter how hard you try. Truth is, no one is perfect and you are bound to get something wrong, but that’s okay! Your colleagues will understand as long as you can take accountability and responsibility for any corrections you must make. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself, you must take on constructive criticism from your co-workers to grow from your mistakes and not make the same ones twice. People will be pleased to see your growth after any accidents while you can continue to take positive steps forward in your career by being mature and rectifying your own mistakes.

If you take on these tips, your chances of impressing your co-workers will maximise and even grant you the opportunity to apply for a promotion or other work-related bonuses. Having read the advice provided, the skills and knowledge you gain are transferable to all other aspects of your work life such as productivity or organisation. So, practice working well alongside others and you will soon see the vast array of benefits!