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First Day of Work Epic Fails
Make yourself comfortable, working life is starting

You managed to survive graduation without any epic fails and now the next hurdle in the race of life is making it through the first day of your new job with having any fails of epic proportions. 


Turning Up to Work Late

Your first day is here but for whatever reason you became too trigger happy with the good ol’ snooze button. Or you took too long in the shower. Or the train was absurdly busy and late. Or your dog at your homework. Whatever reason you have for turning up to work late, it’s not going to look spectacular. Treat your first day like a holiday flight. Better to be early and waiting around than even a minute late.

Turning Up to Work Soaking Wet

Unlike turning up to work late, this can’t be prevented. Hopefully the sun will be beating out glorious rays on your first day but in Britain you can never be certain of what Mr Weather has in store. The heavens could open and somehow you will transform into a drowned rat. Others in the office might be in the same boat (if the boat hasn’t flooded) but it’s still not great to have squidgy shoes all day long.

Spilling Tea on Fellow Colleagues

Tea! The (almost) universal drink amongst workers in the UK. And what better way to make a great first impression than to offer to make tea for all 37 of your colleagues. But then you’re delivered the shocking news that there’s no tea tray and by using all your limbs to transport tea from kitchen to office, you cause a tea tsunami in the work place.

Okay maybe we’re exaggerating even a little bit too much for an epic fail, but spilling tea on your colleague would not be a great way to start a working relationship. Keep an eye out for trip hazards!

In-Depth Re-Telling of Your Student Days

Fresh out of university, you’re still buzzing from your graduation ball and all the countless nights you had dancing to cheesy pop music (don’t pretend you don’t know all the words to Carly Rae Jepson’s 2012 hit Call Me Maybe). Whilst it’s all very well and good to have a penchant for clubbing, the whole office don’t want to hear about the time you polished off over 30 snakebites and ‘wasn’t even sick after!’

It’s likely that everybody in the office went to university and everybody once enjoyed the odd tipple here and there. There’s nothing you can extensively say about your own experiences that will impress them.

Getting Caught on Social Media

The person sat next to you may check Facebook and Twitter regularly but that doesn’t give you permission to. Checking your messages on your lunch break: okay. Having an extensive conversation about how some lovebirds from university have announced their engagement: not okay. Everyone has Facebook, but just make sure that whenever your boss may glance over to your workstation, you’re working hard and not nattering away in the virtual sphere.

Ranting About How Your Dream Employer Turned You Down

This does exactly what it says on the tin, really. If the conversation allows, it’s okay to say “Ahh, yeah, it’d be really cool to work for Google, have you seen their offices?” What isn’t okay is ranting on about how you nailed an interview at the company’s biggest competitor and that your only goal is to work one day at that company.  You can only guess what your boss might do. No? They’ll tell you to bloody well go work for them!

Cheese & Onion Crisps For Lunch

Better to go with something a bit more conservative on your first day. Ready salted, perhaps?

The first day of work is a nervous day for anyone, and you’re likely to be so aware of what you do and say, that experiencing an epic fail is off the cards. 

Image courtesy of Flikr user Ben Helps, 'First day at work?'

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