The first day at a new job may turn out to be one of the most frightening aspects of your life. You may feel intimidated at the prospect of taking up a new job, connecting with new colleagues and going through embarrassing situations, not knowing exactly what to do to make the awkwardness go.
Well, the first-day shenanigans at the office can get to the best of us. There are a lot of things that may be on the radar, including clumsy introductions and embarrassing situations. The things that others can find hilarious, you may find downright embarrassing. So, here are the top funny things that may make you chuckle many years down the line, even if you don’t find them funny at the onset.
Arriving Early and Having No Clue Where to Go
It’s your first day at work and you don’t want to turn in late. However, when you arrive at the workplace, there is literally no one at the office. You may not want to look unprofessional and hence land up early, but the only people you may beat at work are the janitors. Waiting for the others to arrive can turn out to be particularly unnerving, especially when you have no clue about where to go and what to do.
Losing Your Way Around the Office
Finding your way in the maze of a new office can be panic-inducing. Although you try to memorize the way around, you can get lost because you still have to get the hang of where things are. Turning up at others’ offices or confusing the toilet for the canteen may be the new norm for some time. Well, in that case, in a desperate attempt to know your way around, you may consider leaving a trail of breadcrumbs behind to find a way.
Introducing Yourself to Others
Introductions may turn out to be the worst. Especially, when you have to introduce yourself every time you meet somebody. Hilariously, most people forget your name anyways and find it difficult to remember it on a later interaction. They can even pronounce your name wrong. Correcting them every time will turn out to be a tiresome exercise and really funny at times.
Remembering Your Colleagues’ Names
Remembering your new co-workers’ names may turn out to be another funny exercise that may have hilarious connotations. They may introduce themselves and you forget their names in just 0.5 seconds! It becomes a tedious task of talking to your colleague and trying in vain to remember his/her name. The struggle to make up your mind about asking them again and just pretending to know their name forever is something that becomes a funny memory.
Not Understanding a Word Your Boss May Be Telling You
The hardest part at the office can be when you are trying to look intelligent and pretending to understand when your boss begins to give you instructions. How do you make anyone understand that you understand, yet you do not understand at all? Also, the thought of trying to unravel whatever your boss is telling you and thinking of how you can complete the task without having any idea what it was all about can be funny to others and not-so-funny to you.
Trying to Converse With Others
Trying to butt into the conversation with your coworkers and failing to keep up with it is another fairly common yet hilarious thing that most first-timers experience. Trying to understand what they are saying and making sense of the conversation is another thing that you may experience. We bet during this time your picture may be a picture of incomprehension.
Finishing Up Your Work and Not Knowing Exactly What to Do
It gets particularly awkward when you finish up your work, and you do not know exactly what else you can do. So you try to pretend to be really engrossed in some important work, all the while having no clue of really what you are doing.
You Cannot Wait to Go Home
And not to forget the series of goof-ups you end up making in your hurry to get home unscathed. Meeting up with all the strangers and completing all the tasks, hoping against hope that all turns out well with your work and you do not commit any work-related harakiri. Well, all that can turn out to be really taxing and it’s only when you venture out of the office door that you allow yourself to heave a huge sigh of relief.
We don’t know whether your second day is going to be any easier, but your first day will definitely turn out to be tough on you and hilarious for others at your expense!