Making A Good First Impression In A New Workplace

Posted by on Mar 7 | 2016

After a big move for your organization, forming a good first impression with your new team can be a source of anxiety. First impressions happen so quickly, and often involve factors we may not be conscious of. One thing’s for sure, the ability to make a good first impression in your new workplace will lead to you feeling more confident, being more productive, and settling in better.

Professional First Impression

First impressions establish trust in a relationship, which is why a bad first impression can make it harder to form positive and lasting relationships. It’s not to say that a bad first impression can’t be overcome, but the many benefits of making a good first impression make it worth your while to actively try and make one.

The good news is, there are many ways to create positive first impressions with your colleagues that will make you open and approachable, while still establishing you as an authority within the company. And once you do, the relationships can grow in productive, positive ways, that make your workplace a comfortable environment for both you and your employees.

It may sound shallow, but physical appearance is a large factor in your first impression. Your visual appearance is the first thing someone will notice about you, even before you open your mouth. Even if you’ve had a working relationship with some of the team in the past whether VIA e-mail or phone, it’s still important to give your team a proper in-person first impression. Depending where you work, the attire may be formal or more casual, but you should always dress the part and be polished in your personal hygiene and grooming.

The next most important part of your first impression is how you speak. For some, being friendly and professional comes naturally while for others it seems insurmountably difficult. If you are one of the latter, you may want to practice your introductions, perhaps with a friend or family member.

When meeting someone for the first time, even if you’re busy or distracted, it’s important to give them your full attention. Focus on what their name is, what their position is, and any other important details. They’ll feel good about the first meeting, and you’ll avoid forgetting important notables about them in the future.

Meeting new people can be stressful, especially when you’re trying to establish yourself as an authority figure. Upon your first day in the office, remember to be friendly and sincere, take genuine interest in other, and most importantly, be ready to work. If others can see that you’re there to make a difference in the company, their respect will easily follow.

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