What makes you nervous at work?

Survival Guide: How to survive the nervousness on the first day of work

Starting a new job is not always easy. Some are nervous, overwhelmed or feel completely lost. I myself remember that I used to start the first day at work with a racing heart. A thousand questions were floating in my head - How are the new colleagues? Am I leaving a good impression? Can I cope with the new tasks? And where is the toilet? But with good preparation and a confident attitude, you don't have to fear the first day at work. To make it easier for you, we have put together a few tips for you:

1. The perfect start to the day

Restless night and then get up early. Not a good omen for the first day at work. Nevertheless, it is worthwhile to plan a little more time in the morning for a decent breakfast. This can prevent fluttering in the stomach. It continues with the choice of the outfit. In the best case scenario, you could already determine what the dress code looks like during your application interview. If you are still unsure, a good balance between chic and casual is not wrong - business casual is always a good choice. By the way, you've already found the fastest and most convenient way to get to work and plan a time buffer so that you don't appear too late on the first day. Should something unexpected happen - for example a piano that suddenly stands on the tracks - call your workplace and apologize.

2. The first impression

When you arrive at work, your heart may beat up to your neck again. You enter and ... then? In the best of cases, you are already expected. Someone “takes you by the hand”, shows you your workplace, explains where the toilet and coffee are and explains the first steps to you. If this ideal case does not occur, find a contact person. If in doubt, ask about the person you interviewed with. You should approach your new colleagues in a friendly and open manner. Greet each new face, make an effort to smile, and don't be afraid to shake hands.

Names are such a thing. At first most of them find it difficult to memorize them all. But make an effort to at least learn the names of the people in your immediate vicinity - your supervisor, your mentor, your desk neighbors. Don't worry too much about what you say on your first small talk - your coworkers will know it's your first day and you may be nervous.

3. The work begins

As I said, in the best case scenario you will be given an introduction to your new areas of responsibility - or at least given a manual. If this is not the case, don't be afraid to look for someone to talk to. Because sitting in front of the PC for hours at a loss only makes you feel out of place. And speaking of questions: These are quite normal on the first working hour, the first working week. Before you do something wrong or put off a task because you are missing certain information, just ask. You might think you'd get on your coworkers' nerves, but that's bullshit (as long as you don't have a question about every little thing every two minutes, of course). If you need help, find it yourself.

4. The first break

Your breaks are the perfect moment to catch up. Whether it's lunch together or a short chat at the coffee machine - everything is suitable for introducing yourself to colleagues. When it comes to the amount and length of breaks, it is best to orientate yourself to your colleagues. Do these make several small or a few long? In the conversations themselves, you should again pay attention to being yourself. Tell a little something about yourself and don't be too rigid and professional - depending on the working atmosphere, of course. Introducing yourself can also prevent the gossip from starting and spreading half-truths that person XY has picked up. Just pay attention to one thing: You should avoid gossiping about your former boss and colleagues.

5. Observing the secret signals

The hardest part is probably to interpret the hidden signals in the new workplace. Who is good with whom? Which behaviors are frowned upon, which are supported? Which football club do your colleagues support? And can you talk openly or should you keep a certain distance? The latter may not be the worst idea to start with. Because the nicest colleague on the first day can later turn out to be difficult or even insidious. Of course, you shouldn't spy on your colleagues with suspicion. But paying attention to the signals and interpreting them can't hurt. Facial expressions and tone of voice are always a good indicator. And as soon as you really like someone sitting next to you on your desk, don't be afraid to ask them piquant questions about how we work together behind the scenes. So you can pay attention to your own behavior and prevent one or the other faux pas.

6. The first evening

You managed! Your first tasks are done and the clock is ringing the well-deserved evening. But what now? On the first day, it can be a strange feeling to just leave while the rest of the colleagues are still busy at their desks. At the same time, however, working overtime also seems strange. What now? If you are unsure, simply guide your exit with the words, “So, I'm through with everything for today. I would then call it a day ”. Alternatively, you can ask beforehand whether anything still needs to be done before you break up. Normally, however, nobody should take it as an affront if you go home on time in your early days. In the near future, just observe how the topic is handled: Is overtime an unwritten rule, or does it only arise in special cases?

No matter when, at the end of the day you leave your workplace. Ideally, your supervisor or at least the person sitting next to you will speak to you again and ask how your first day of work went and how you felt about it yourself. And who knows, maybe the tips given here can really help you shed your nervousness - so that your answer to the question is positive.