Making First Impressions Count: The Ultimate Guide

First impression at work

Whether you are a business owner, an employee, a sales manager, or any other important entity in the business world, the first impression you create of yourself can help make or break your position in the industry!

When you meet someone for the very first time, all it takes for them to evaluate you is a quick glance or maybe a few seconds. In this short period, the other person instantly creates an image of you in their mind. They form an opinion about you based on several things including your demeanor, body language, appearance, mannerism, and more.

Every new encounter results in you being evaluated and yet another impression of you being formed. First impressions are almost always impossible to undo or reverse and often, they set the foundation for the relationship that follows. Therefore, it is essential to understand the importance of making the first impression count. Here are some tips to help you make a great first impression in your workplace:

Be Punctual

Being punctual is a cardinal rule in the business world. Someone you meet for the first time won’t be interested in your valid excuse for running late. Plan in advance and allow flexibility for taking a wrong turn or a possible delay because of traffic. Remember, it is always better to arrive early than to arrive late.

According to research on punctuality, attendance policy, and organizational performance by Dr. Aloumedjo Zam Thierry, a positive correlation was observed between punctuality and performance in the Cameroon Customs Administration.

Follow the Dress Code

When it comes to dressing, every workplace has different rules. While some accept only smart suits or specific uniforms, others accept casuals such as hoodies and jeans. If you are a business owner yourself, it’s important to set an example for your workers by following the dress code of your company yourself.

Smile When You Introduce Yourself

According to AACD almost half (48%) of American adults believe that the most memorable feature of a person they meet for the first time is their smile. Smiling in a friendly manner when you first meet people can make all the difference in the world! Very few people are willing to talk to people who scowl all the time.

Be Attentive and Courteous

It goes without saying that politeness, good manners, courteousness, and attentiveness can go a long way. Positive behavior helps make a great first impression, especially for leaders. According to research conducted by Anna Nyberg, there might be a strong link between heart disease in employees and leadership behavior. Hence, bosses who make the workplace stressful are bad for the heart – literally!

Don’t Rush for the Exit

You might feel exhausted at the end of your first day at work. However, it is always a bad idea to rush for the exit as soon as the clock hits home time. Stick around for a couple of minutes to show that you aren’t desperate to leave and you care about the work as much as (if not more) about the money!

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Making First Impressions Count: The Ultimate Guide

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