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    Top 5 things to avoid when starting a new job


    Starting a new job is nerve racking, and trying to make a good impression can make especially the first few days a living nightmare. The trick is not to try too hard. Simply being yourself, doing your best and getting on with the tasks you are given is often the best way to move forward. There are, however, a few things no-one should ever do when starting a new job.

    Slips, trips and falls

    Being late is a definite no-no. Set off early enough to get to work in plenty of time without having to rush. Rushing to work may cause you to be injured in a traffic accident. Slipping or tripping head-first into your new working environment may also cause potentially serious personal injuries, as well as making you look a little foolish at best and totally incompetent at worst.

    Dress codes

    Being under or over-dressed is also not a good idea. Imagine walking into an office full of suited, smart-looking employees in a pair of ripped jeans and a shabby T-shirt, or vice versa. If in doubt, ask someone about dress code before you start. Life as the new girl or guy will be difficult enough without standing out like a sore thumb. If special protective gear is required for your job, make sure you wear it correctly, as failing to do this may well result in your first work injury.

    Doing jobs poorly

    Making a pig’s ear of your tasks is also best avoided. If you have problems or do not know how to do something, ask someone. Most employers and colleagues respect workers who ask for help far more than those who take the risk of being injured at work or causing potentially huge problems because they think they know everything.

    Missing training

    Never miss training sessions, especially those concerned with operating machinery and/or safety procedures. Not only does it look bad, it also puts you at risk of being hurt in a workplace accident. Finally, unless you really are seriously ill, do not call in sick within the first few days or even weeks of starting a new job.

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    Accidents at work

    Whether you have just started a new job or have been working for the same company for years, if you are injured by work accidents, you may be eligible for work injury compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline to learn more about industrial injury compensation on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.

    Date Published: March 12, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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