What to Expect on Your First Day of Work

You should expect to be treated by your supervisors and co-workers with dignity and respect at all times. In turn, you are expected to behave in a professional, ethical and respectful manner at the worksite. Professionalism includes your dress, demeanor, communication and overall behavior.

Important Tips

  • Check with your supervisor regarding the hours of the office, what time you should arrive on the first day, and what documents you should bring with you.
  • Always arrive on time—don’t be late. Know where the office is located and how long it will take to get there; add some time to compensate for traffic.
  • Be sure to have your supervisor’s phone number, in the event you are unavoidably delayed by traffic or commutation issues. (You should not rely on email for this.)
  • Speak to your supervisor prior to your first day to learn the dress code for the organization. Be well-groomed and look professional.
  • Avoid sneakers, flip-flops, jeans, T-shirts, shorts, beach wear, pajamas, sweats, halter, camisoles, midriff, tube, or revealing tops, baseball caps or other hats, athletic wear, heavy chains or dangling jewelry, spiky or outrageously colored hair, piercings, and other clothing or accessories more appropriate for non-business settings. Be mindful of appropriate necklines.
  • No heavy perfume or aftershave.
  • Cell phones should not be visible (no ear buds) and should not interrupt the course of your work. Turn them off or set them to vibrate and only check them during a break or after work.
  • Never use a company PC to send personal emails or surf the web.