Example: "I can finish this paperwork later. What do you need?"
The first day of a new job can include tasks like onboarding paperwork that may be hard to pause, but if a boss or coworker asks for a meeting, you can leave onboarding tasks for later. Setting people as a priority over other tasks can help you build professional relationships with your new colleagues.
Example: "Yes, I'd love to get lunch with you. What time are you going?"
You may feel a duty to stay at the office so you don't miss anything, but if a new coworker asks you to have lunch, accept. This is a great way to build a positive first impression, because it shows that you're motivated to network with your new coworkers.
If the time for their lunch invitation conflicts with a meeting or other time-sensitive task, graciously decline the invitation and ask if they're available for lunch the next day to show that you're interested in getting to know them.
You can show your personality while remaining professional on the first day of work. Ask relevant questions as you get to know colleagues. Think about a few facts you can share about yourself when you're given the opportunity. Here are a few topics that allow you to show coworkers your personality on the first day of work:
Pets: Pets are a great way to find interests in common with other coworkers.
Hobbies: You don't have to provide an exhaustive list of hobbies, but sharing that you enjoy hiking or a particular television show can help you befriend your coworkers.
Hometown: If you relocated for your new job or you've lived in the city all your life, this can be an interesting thing to share with new colleagues.
4. Don't speak negatively about your old job
Example: "My old boss was bad at time management."
Speaking negatively about a past job experience can detract from the positive experience you're starting at a new job. Focus instead on how excited you are about this new opportunity and leave your last job in the past. This can show your new coworkers that you have a positive, future-facing attitude.
5. Do prepare some greetings
Example: "Hello, I'm Anne, and I'm new to the sales team. I'm originally from New Mexico, but I moved here for this job. I'm excited to get to know everyone!"
You don't have to say the exact same line to every coworker you meet, but you can think about what you want to say to your new coworkers ahead of time to ease the introduction process. Here are a few things to include in a greeting:
Your name: Don't forget to say your name to help people remember who you are when you're starting a new job.
Your title: Remember to share your job title with new coworkers.
Your previous work experience or education: "I spent four years as a recruiter for [company]." This gives you a chance to both share your background and build connections with coworkers who may have a similar background. If this is your first office job, you can say, "This is my first job in sales; I just earned my degree from [college or university.]"
An interesting fact: If you moved to a new place for the position or you're starting a career in a new industry, this information can help your colleagues get to know you better.