Our first experiences tend to stay with us forever. No one ever forgets their first school, first best friend, first crush, or their first job. There’s something simultaneously exciting and nerve-racking about going through a new experience in life. First impressions can last a lifetime; and this brings me to my belief that having a good work environment at your first job is a critical factor when it comes to building certain characteristics that we end up practicing wherever our career may lead us.
The mind of a first-time employee is like a blank slate, ready to be filled with all the freshly accessible information at the new place of work. Newcomers are easily impressionable; there is an eagerness to prove themselves to family and friends, to show that they can hold their own in the corporate world. I have observed first-hand how newcomers tend to gravitate towards someone they can look up to and emulate, usually a senior team leader or a manager. This likely happens as, quite naturally, they envision themselves in that position of experience and authority some time in the (hopefully near) future. Subconsciously, one starts focusing on them, observing their habits and interactions with colleagues, listening attentively to their opinions, asking them for feedback, and so forth. And slowly, you may begin to agree with everything they say and how they behave in all situations.
Read the full article here in our October 2020 issue.