You went through three rounds of interviews and a series of job fit assessments to successfully land the job you wanted.

As a new hire, you naturally want to start off on the right foot.

Be aware of the four taboos that could jeopardise your career and check if you are guilty of committing any of them:

Spending too much time on social media

Today, almost everyone is connected to some form of social media, which has become almost indispensable in their daily lives.

Undoubtedly, it has proven to be a very effective medium for sharing your thoughts, views and even life events to a large community within a short frame of time.

Most companies do not restrict their staff from using social media to connect with friends and family.

But it will become a concern if you, the new employee, are spending a great deal of time on Facebook or Twitter.

Imagine what would happen if your superior were to walk past your cubicle and see you — not focused on your work but busy updating your “selfies” or posting what you had for lunch on Facebook.

He would not be impressed by your work attitude, that’s for sure.

Your boss expects you to take your job seriously and learn as much as you can about it.

You also need to perform well to be confirmed as a permanent employee.

2 Keeping too much to yourself

You walk into the office in the morning quietly, without greeting your colleagues.

You spend pretty much of your time at your cubicle doing your stuff, rarely communicating with fellow colleagues to bond or better integrate into your new environment.

When your colleagues ask you to join them for lunch, you always say that you are meeting friends or that you are “lunching in”.

During meetings, you are always busy fidgeting with your smartphone without paying much attention or contributing ideas.

The bottom line? You will quickly gain a reputation for being anti-social and disengaged.

Work on improving relationships with your colleagues and start contributing — your success depends on this.  

Being overly sociable

This is the opposite of point No. 2.

As you attempt to be quickly accepted or liked by your new colleagues, you may try to be overly friendly with them.

You stop at their desks frequently to tell them about your awesome outing last evening or what you intend to do after office hours — while your colleagues are working hard to hit their sales targets or hand up urgent reports to the boss.

You frequently invite your new colleagues for karaoke sessions or movies, pressuring them to agree — even on weekends — despite some of them telling you they wish to spend time with their family members.

There is nothing wrong with being friendly, but as a new hire, it is better to be a little restrained until you know your office culture better.

You may give people the wrong impression by your office behaviour — that is, you don’t have enough work to do, are insensitive to the pressure they are under, are self-absorbed or emotionally needy.

Acting like a prima donna

You have just joined your new company as a manager, bringing along your specialist knowledge and experience.

Unfortunately, you disdain any offers of help from well-intentioned colleagues and you have a habit of saying, “I can’t believe the way things are done around here!”

When some staff members volunteer to help their colleagues on an urgent project with a very tight deadline, you decline to “pitch in”, saying that you have to prepare for a very important meeting with senior management the next day.

As you tend to use that excuse quite often, most of your colleagues don’t believe you. Whether you are telling the truth or not, you have lost their trust and have gained a reputation as someone who isn’t a team player.

As a result, your colleagues dislike your “superior” attitude and find you obnoxious to work with.

No matter how technically smart you are, you need emotional intelligence for long-term career success.


Article by Winston Liew, senior team manager at RecruitPlus Consulting. For more information, visit