What NOT to Do When You’re New on the Job

By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter

Many new hires are so anxious to make friends and a good impression that they often make mistakes that will leave them with neither. To ensure this isn’t you, check out the list below of 10 things you should be cautious of when you’re the new kid on the block:

1. Don’t tell your new manager how your old manager did things. Unless you were hired to be a change agent in your new position, your new company has little interest in how your old company handled things. Your new company has likely been successfully doing things the same way for a while, and there isn’t much that will scorch a manager’s ears like a new hire trying to change policies and procedures that have worked well.

Avoid saying things like, “That’s not how we used to do it at the Ajax Company.” It is almost certain that unless someone specifically asked how you did things at the Ajax Company, your new company doesn’t want to know. Use this phrase too often, and you could find yourself back on the street.

To read the full story over at U.S. News & World Report, click here: 10 Bush-League No-Nos When Starting a New Job.

4 Responses to “What NOT to Do When You’re New on the Job”

  1. Renee G says:

    I’m going to have to link back to this from my post on the same subject – GREAT point! You would think your new coworkers and manager would love to hear your ‘new’ ideas about you did things over at XYZ, but in reality it’s never taken well. 🙂


  2. Thank you for your affirming comment, Renee! … and for linking back to your similarly focused post!


  3. When I look over these 10 tips, I see the picture you present as being coloured in varying hues of manners, common sense and emotional management. Well done, Jacqui.

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