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Guest Blog: 5 Common Mistakes New Hires Make

Alicia Wilde

Guest post by Marion Selista.

Starting a new job is an exciting and equally challenging experience. One gets to apply his or her skills at a new place, make new friends and get involved in some exciting projects. The new employee, however, has to assimilate in the new work environment and this is not as easy as it appears.

In this article, we will highlight the common mistakes that new hires make and how to avoid them.

1. Failing to admit you don’t know something

New hires are looking to impress their colleagues and bosses so as to gain favor within the organization. Some, however, find themselves treading in deeper waters when they accept roles and projects that they’re not fully qualified for. They end up failing to perform the assigned duties in the right manner and get off to a less than ideal start with their new colleagues.

New hires should, therefore, be clear about the duties that they can accomplish, and seek out help and advice with those they cannot.

2. Isolating yourself

It’s difficult to enter a new work environment where you don’t know anyone, but the last thing you want to do is isolate yourself. Avoid taking breaks alone and eating lunch away from the other employees.

Stepping out of your comfort zone and opening up to coworkers will not only create a smoother transition into your new role but will also have a more positive impact on your productivity at work.

3. Tardiness

Not showing up on time for your new job is definitely something your new boss and colleagues will take note of, and something you want to avoid at all costs.

Sometimes lateness results from factors beyond an individual’s control, but as a new hire, make sure you are allowing yourself plenty of time to get to work. Arriving early will help you prepare for the day ahead, and even give you a few extra minutes to mingle with new team members.

4. Inability to adapt

From the way processes are communicated to the way people dress, every office has its own way of doing things. The best thing you can do your first couple days on the job is to watch and observe. Of course, you want to be yourself and express your own thoughts and ideas but learning how things are done before doing so will only benefit you.

5. Not taking initiative

New employees are often expected to be self-starters and their failure to take initiative at the workplace could be viewed as a sign of laziness. So, say ‘Yes’ without taking on too much. This will show your enthusiasm to learn and tackle your new role.


New employees often face a lot of challenges when starting at a new company. Remember to observe your new environment to get better acclimated. Be honest about your abilities, mingle with coworkers and don’t isolate yourself at work. Show your new boss you’re ready to put in the work by taking the initiative but know your limits.

About the author

Marion Selista is a marketing consultant and blogger, who specializes in life coaching for professional and personal empowerment. Her mission is to motivate and enlighten people to live a successful, organized and fulfilling life. She is currently blogging for Smart Pill Wiki resource.

Alicia Wilde


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