The first day of office! We are all nervous, unsure and apprehensive about what is to come. Will we get along with our boss and our colleagues? Well, too much nervousness can work against you, so it is better to be informed and play safe. Preparation always works.
By that we do not mean prepping up your files or presentations. On day one, something else counts. They say ‘first impression is the last impression’, and you can work it in your favour. Looking neat and groomed is important. For that you need to avoid some things.
There are a few mistakes that you should avoid on your first day to office.
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Be well groomed: Attention to detail is important. If you think your boss or your colleagues won’t be able to figure out your lazy style palette, think twice. If you keep a beard groom it well, though of course nothing can replace a clean shave at work. Apply a mildly scented aftershave. Then there is manicure and pedicure, guys. Also, after a bath, do not forget to apply a moisturiser to keep your face shining.
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Do not wear sports shoes: Shoes are the mark of a man. Sports shoes are a big no when it comes to the workplace, unless you’re a fitness instructor and you work in a gym or tennis court. If you are working in a corporate environment, avoid experimentation with your footwear on day one of a new job. Stick to hues such as black and brown. If you are wearing a suit, pay extra attention to the kind of shoes your pair it with. Oxfords and brogues are perfect. Avoid your running shoes, gym shoes, those funky sneakers or canvasses. Keep them for the evening or weekends. Also, shoes should not just clean but they should shine. Polish them regularly.
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Pay attention to the dress code: Dress codes are important when you work in a formal atmosphere. They are a form of discipline, and can help you win points with your seniors. Do not opt for denims if your workplace codes are more formal. Always opt for a sleek leather belt with a suit or trousers. Do not opt for oversized shirts that are loose from the shoulders. Trousers should fit like a glove. Carry a classic tan brown leather bag laptop bag or a normal canvas black bag.
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Avoid an overload of perfume: In our enthusiasm to smell good on day one of work, we end up picking up a perfume and applying it recklessly. Well, that’s a big NO! Apply perfume in very limited quantity – the idea is that people should be able to smell it only when they lean in close to you, not when they are two feet away. Go for lighter notes such as citrus instead of heavier ones. A mild perfume that gently lingers in the air after you exit the room leaves a sophisticated impression.