Re: How To Mess Up Your First Days On The Job
This list is pretty general, but I like the way that Mr. Reed phrases his thoughts - it's not that you had no idea these things impacted your first few weeks on the job at all, it's that you might have underestimated the extent to which they did. First impressions can be hard to break, so taking the extra time to be conscientious of these things is time well invested. Likewise, it's not that you have to match your colleagues' attire or work schedules exactly, just that you have to find a healthy medium between how you're used to working, and how you're expected to work here. A friend of mine has a new intern that just started under him recently, and he 'reprimanded' him (jokingly) for wearing a tie to work - but the kid still did the right thing by erring on the side of caution.
I like the question-asking approach to things, even outside work. When you ask someone a question instead of making an assertion, you're deferring to their expertise, you're learning about them and how they think, while making them consider something they hadn't, and likely learning something yourself. This goes hand-in-hand with other tips here; when you find out your new workplace uses that tool you hate with the bad UI, ask your coworker 'what do you think of this UI?' instead of saying 'The UI on this stinks!' - that way, you can find out if they hate it too, without coming off too strong. If you don't like a policy, ask about it's origins earnestly instead of acting skeptical. If you have an idea a la slide 4, present it as 'have you guys ever thought about...?'. I like this approach because it shows people you value their opinions, while being more productive and instructive at the same time.