16 Bosses Reveal What They Wish Employees Would Tell Them On Their First Day

3 September 2019

  • The first day at a new job can be overwhelming.
  • However, several bosses also say it’s a good time for new employees to reveal some key things to them, from their preferred work style to the goals they want to accomplish working together.
  • We interviewed 16 bosses to find out what they wish employees would tell them on their first day.

Although the first day at a new job can be stressful, it’s also a prime time to share some things with your new boss that they may not know, from your preferred method of communication to work style.

After all, even if you went through several interviews to land the job, there are bound to be topics that didn’t come up.

You may be hesitant to speak up to your new employer, but as intimidating as it may be, they’ll likely appreciate it — and it could benefit your professional relationship in the long run.

“The onboarding process can often be overwhelming to a new hire, and it’s nearly impossible to absorb everything in one day,” Mark Anthony Dyson, career consultant and founder of the blog TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, told Business Insider. “However, it’s critical that the new employee sorts out confusing information and seeks clarity. They must put themselves in the shoes of their bosses and learn to clarify expectations.”

Dyson said that clear expectations are necessary on day one from the employer, and providing the employee with several opportunities for verbal feedback is essential.

“Employees positively often find the dialogue early on refreshing and energizing,” Dyson said. “The feeling of being heard even on minor issues is significant.”

We interviewed 16 managers to find out what they wish their employees would tell them on their first day.

“They ask if they can come in early or work on weekends.”


When a new employee is proactive and responsible, it bodes well for the employer, Bryan Zawikowski, vice president and general manager of the military division for LucasGroup.com, an executive recruiting firm, told Business Insider in an email. For instance, on their first day, if the employee asks if they can come in early the next day, it tells the hiring manager they probably won’t have to worry about them showing up late for work, Zawikowski said.

“It shows that the candidate is thinking about what extra things they can do to ensure they are set up for success and are high achievers,” he said.

The same goes for if the new hire asks if they’re allowed to work on weekends.

“This displays that they’re willing to invest their personal time in their profession,” Zawikowski said. “Work-life balance isn’t always 50% work and 50% life.”

He said true work-life balance means you have put yourself in a position where you can be “out-of-balance” one way or the other sometimes when it’s necessary to get the job done.

Read The Entire Article Here: “16 Bosses Reveal What They Wish Employees Would Tell Them On Their First Day,” Business Insider, By Natalia Lusinski