What to do or not do before starting a corporate job life?

11 Essential Tips You Should Follow When Starting Your Corporate Life

Let me congratulate you first on getting that offer letter which marks the start of your Corporate life. I still remember when I got my first offer. It’s like “Yeah Baby! Now we are talking about money”. And why shouldn’t the feeling be that way? There’s a wishlist back at your home and this is how you are gonna cut it out.

So, no matter what you studied, what kind of person are you, here are 10 essential tips for those taking up their first jobs ever, and I would invite you to follow them. You may ask why? Well because these things are not taught by anyone and it took me several years to understand this. After a lot of backstabbing & setbacks. So, shall we start? Let’s go!

Be True

During work life never ever lie. Not even a bit. Hiding things is okay, but lying to hide is bad. Do not tell anything that you can’t prove. But do not even tell things you can prove without being asked. This must also be strictly followed during interviews. Keep a neutral behavior. Not too loud nor to shy.

Making Friends

Did anyone tell you that, the friends you make before your first job are the last true friends? I’m not saying you won’t make friends once you start earning, but in the corporate world, it’s more of networking/colleagues rather than friends. Today or tomorrow they will move away, or you will move away. Forget dating in the office!. You shouldn’t even tell anyone if you are looking out for better opportunities. As you may not know, that a colleague of yours is the so-called good friend of your boss. Similarly, distance has to be maintained on social profiles. No Facebook friend Requests, or Instagram following requests to be accepted. No personal Whatsapp chats or SMSes. Do not share forwards on corporate emails, or Whatsapp groups. LinkedIn is altogether a different platform and is meant for corporate friendship – oops sorry, I meant networking.

Work Log

A very useful tip! When you start working a 9-hour job it is a good practice to log each half hour’s activities that you performed. Even if you’re on call or loo or sitting ideal. Maintain an excel with Date-Time stamp. Mark important activities, even small email replies – you should mark it. And during the end of the week, create a small report saying important things that you have done this week & send it to your reporting manager. This will show your manager that what kind of activity are you doing, your efficiency. Moreover, you by yourself will be able to measure your efficiency. How much do you sit idle and how much productive were you?

Interactions with Co-workers

You have to coordinate with people at your office. Some are good, some are neutral & others are [explicit content]. For each of them, do not rely on informal ways of communication like chat, verbal chat or call. Record each communication over mail. Even if you speak over the call, put a mail writing that ‘we spoke’ and write down what you guys discussed. This way you will have proof of what is being discussed

Listen & Respond

It is bound to happen that you will enter into arguing with someone, in that case, do not get hyper. Stay clam. First, listen to them carefully and request them to put it up a detailed email explaining the reason so as to why they are choosing a particular way and not what you are saying. This way, the other person will cool down and will think many times before putting up such an email. You never know, it’s you who are wrong. But the point here is, that don’t get into a heated discussion.

Work-Life Balance

Both the worlds are important and they both compliment each other. But never mix them. Talking house problems at work is not only a waste of productivity but it will also make you weak in everyone’s eyes. If someone is pushing you to shell out details which you think is not appropriate to share, Apologise, be blunt and say ‘I do not want to share this’. Likewise, when you come home – do not talk about what happened at work. Unless it is someone’s personal thing, like a colleague’s marriage. Such news should be shared at home. But discussing an argument with colleagues at home is a NO-NO. Basically, share positives across both sides, not the negatives. Get this straight – You live for your family & not for spending hours in the office. To live with family, working is important but not more than your family. So there should be a thick border between two worlds and there should be almost equal time.

Maintain Documents

Each and every letter you get from your office should be preserved and maintained for life {Not just for corporate life, but for ‘life’ life. Offer letter, Appointment letter, Reliving letter, or any other letter. This also included Pay Slips for full tenure. After every payday, the accounts team or HR will send you a PAY SLIP which has to be safely stored for/in your personal records.

Take a Scolding

We are humans & will make mistakes. While some are small, others are big. When you commit a mistake you get scolding in front of others. It may also happen that you will still get scolded for a mistake you haven’t committed. In such a case, if your boss is scolding you and shouting loudly in front of the whole office, just say sorry at that point in time. After an hour or maybe the next day, pay him/her a visit and explain what happened. If it’s your mistake, accept it and if it’s not, explain that it wasn’t your mistake. But never quarrel with anyone in front of the whole office. Scolding is a part of corporate life and one must deal to handle it.

Talk About Someone

Whenever you are at coffee breaks, lunch tables, or corporate parties do not talk about anyone behind their back. The situation may arise that you are forced into such conversations. Even if you hate that person, STICK TO NOT speaking ill about them. Still, if you are pushed to talk about, speak all good about him/her. Even someone asks for an agreement on ill-statement made on someone. Deny, and speak a lot of good about them. Here what will happen is your impression in front of that person (if anyone hears you) will become nice. And the people in the conversation will believe that you do not speak anything bad about themselves behind their back.

Love your Job, not the company

During the working day, it might happen that you sit late & try to finish that work early. But let me tell you, that a company always wants to grow and grow at a faster rate. The cost of this pace is, getting away from your family, friends & compromising your personal space. A company is paying you for 8 hours a day, and you should give your 100% for those 8 hours only. Once in a while, it’s okay to sit late. But every day late sitting – is a sign of unproductivity, mismanaging of time or poor skills. Weekends are for your family. Not for con-calls or emails. Maintain this attitude right from the start of corporate life till you retire. Be specific during interviews that late sitting is not your style unless you’re getting extra pay or perks of late sitting. You are not running the company and in case you die the company won’t stop running. So be loyal to your job but do not overdo it.

Don’t Run Away

Never in your work-life, you should go missing. What I mean is, if you plan to leave a job for any reason, make sure that you document it & follow a proper way for exiting a company. keep in mind the notice period, it should be mentioned in the offer letter as well as an appointment letter. Mostly during probation, the notice period is lesser than the normal period.

I believe that I have shared something valuable to those noobs entering their corporate life. One’s who are into running their own business can also follow this. Please share your thoughts on the same.

Here is an article on Late sitting in Office by Mr. Narayan Murthy (INFOSYS) & how it affects Corporate Life.

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