Make a great impression on your first day of work by not conducting yourself in the wrong way. In the first part of our two-part series, we suggested five things you should do. Here are five things not to do:
1. Don't complain
Families love workers who are enthusiastic about what they do. They don't enjoy working with employees who complain. If you're a chef, offer to cook up new, exciting meals. If you're a nanny, create a seasonal activity for the kids. If you're a chauffeur, learn the city you're driving in, so you can suggest great places to eat and visit.
2. Don't forget names
This commonly happens with almost everyone, whether he or she is a domestic worker or not. We meet someone quickly and immediately forget his or her name. When you begin your job, take time to get to know everyone.
3. Don't be late
This should be a given, but it's worth mentioning anyway. Don't ever be late to work unless it's for a good reason and you notify the family beforehand. If you're a nanny, for example, the family may be under time constraints. If you're a cook, you don't want to keep the family waiting for dinner.
4. Don't ignore your peers
There's a lot you can learn from your peers! While you won't be able to meet and work with everyone on the first day, make an effort to introduce yourself to as many people as you can.
5. Don't forget to clarify rules and job details
The first day is the perfect and best time to clarify any rules with the family. These rules could be as simple as dress code questions.