Turning up late wearing the wrong attire and bumping a colleague’s vehicle in the car park are among the worst first impressions made by new employees, according to new research.
A poll of almost 3000 workers* revealed that the first day at work can be a humiliating affair if things don’t go to plan.
Other blunders include arriving to find you are completely over-dressed, spilling tea everywhere, getting lost en route to the office and saying something inappropriate because you’re nervous.
Almost half of workers have had a terrible first day at a new job, with 95% stressing how important it is to them to make a good first impression on others.
And more than three quarters (82%) believe they’re more likely to make a positive impact on their first day if they know they’ve got their clothing spot on.
The study was commissioned by 4imprint, as part of its ‘First Impressions’ campaign, having recently released a new range of corporate workwear to help UK organisations and their employees create a strong and lasting impression.
A spokesperson for 4imprint, said: “Starting a new job can be intimidating for a variety of reasons. From not knowing who you’ll be working with, not being 100% sure how to get to your new workplace and worries over what to wear can make for a nerve-wracking first day.