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20 Ways To Boss Your First Day In The Office

It's your first day there and you need to knock it outta the park. Here are some top tips to make everyone love you on your first day, courtesy of reed.co.uk.

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1. Have a strong handshake.

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And try not to make it a sweaty one.

2. Don't smell weird.

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Everyone remembers the guy who smelled weird. Don't be that guy!

3. Bake all of the things.

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Bringing strangers delicious foods is always a good plan to make allies.

4. Make a seating chart of people so you don't forget their names.

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It's basically like having a superpower in which you make everyone like you. They don't need to know you were a major nerd who wrote it down.

5. Jot down how people in your desk group take their tea for when you make a round.

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This is the boss-level version of the previous point.

6. Learn how to change the toner in the photocopier.

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No one knows how to do this. You'll soon be the most popular person in the room.

7. Do someone (anyone) favours – anything they ask – they'll see how great you are a lot quicker.

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It's your first day – you don't have to do this forever.

8. Try to remember your boss's name.

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And talk to them like you would anyone else. Bosses like funny, polite people. Don't make it weird, yo.

9. Don't get too drunk at the pub when everyone takes you out for your first day.

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You can delete a video of you twerking, but you can't wipe a human's memory.

10. Actually no, do get too drunk at the pub when everyone takes you out for your first day.

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Get a couple of rounds in and you'll have pals immediately. Just know your limits.

11. Dress smart, but not like you're going to a wedding.

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There is a fine line between "smart" and "my mum dressed me", so mind how to go.

12. Wear new socks or pants – something small that makes you feel professional and confident.

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Or wear new socks AND new pants and nothing will ruin your day.

13. Listen to people instead of immediately jumping in with your own ideas.

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War talk: you need to figure out where allegiances lie.

14. Ask lots of questions!

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It shows you're interested. Take a notebook and take some notes.

15. Try the commute a week before you start so you know exactly how long it will take.

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Being late on your first day is super bad and it'll only make you feel even MORE nervous.

16. Be nice to the receptionist/office manager.

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They are the most important person in the whole building and remember everything.

17. Make friends with the people who make the place actually work.

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The door guy, the IT guy, tea lady. They deliver ALL the perks. Keys to the stationery cupboard? Oh hell yes.

18. Show your personality – but not with black metal make-up.

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You wanna be memorable, but not for the wrong reasons (save this for karaoke night).

19. Go up to the biggest person in the room, and punch them in the face to show that you mean business.

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NB. Do not do this.

20. Just be yourself and remember how great you are. You've got this.

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Find your new excellent job on reed.co.uk then go forth and make a tea-round.