Don’t Forget These on Your First Day at Work

You’ll be better off

Olabanji Stephen
1 min readMar 21


This post is a republish of one I wrote a few months back but with a twist.

Inspired by a question a friend asked me today. He said, “it’s my first day at work (he’s on probation) and I wonder what else I should take with me”. I’m sure he was expecting me to ask if he got his coffee mug because I’m the coffee guy or a cable to connect his computer to the monitor or a black ring, or a shoe with the swash to impress the ladies.

Here’s what I said:

  1. Integrity
  2. A strong work ethic
  3. Enthusiasm and a positive attitude
  4. The right body language
  5. Passion
  6. Going the extra mile and trying again
  7. Being prepared
  8. Curiosity, an open mind, and being a great listener (and learner)
  9. Empathy, kindness, and a desire to help
  10. Being on time
  11. Respect for people, their work, and contributions

Take those with you, take them everywhere.



Olabanji Stephen

I see the world differently and attempt to interpret it in ways that inspire genius