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Factory Work 101: What You Need to Prepare

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A job in a factory can be a dynamic and interesting one. There’s always an opportunity for you to have a long-lasting career in a manufacturing factory. 

Unfortunately, you might feel overwhelmed and nervous when it’s your first day in your new factory job.

You’ll want to establish a good impression during your first day while creating a good reputation.

Thus, when starting a new job in a factory, how can you set yourself up to establish a good reputation and make an excellent first impression? Here’s what you need to prepare.

Be flexible and friendly

This might appear obvious. However, showing your new colleagues and supervisors that you are hardworking, friendly, approachable, and ready for anything can go a long way.

The best thing you can do is to smile and say hello to them. If you show that you care about your co-workers, you’re making a solid first impression that will follow you into your new job.

It’s also important to show that you know what you’re doing. Perhaps your supervisor will ask you to choose between a plug valve vs ball valve for a particular application. Ensure that you know the answer.

Be self-motivated and independent

Working as a packer, picker, or warehouse associate in a factory means utilizing various skills. This includes organising packages, operating a forklift, using an RF scanner, and more.

That is why you should never forget that this job is best for self-motivated people. 

Remember that you will not have someone following you while you work, cheering you the entire day. 

However, your supervisors will surely notice f you stay independent and driven. This is particularly true if you approach your job with a proactive mindset. 

Relax

Of course, this advice is tough to follow. However, remember that everything is going to be just fine.

There’s a reason why you’ve chosen to work at your new company. You’ve passed every single step of the interview process with flying colours. 

You are a reliable employee. You should not forget that. Always take a deep breath and know that you got this.

Relaxing your mind will also help you do your job more efficiently, especially if you’re working with fragile and expensive items, such as medical injection moulding parts.

Show up early

You are sure to arrive at work on time if you are early. It’s always not great to show up late to work. This is particularly true if it is your first day. 

Something as simple as showing up early can reveal who you are as an employee. In addition to that, you might have additional documents to fill out during your first day. 

You should enable a couple of additional minutes at the start of your workday. This is especially true as you get used to the processes at your new plant. 

Review workplace safety

All automotive accessory manufacturers will have their safety guidelines and standards. They’re unique to their specific work or location.

However, it does not matter. You need to learn and memorise these rules constantly. 

Aside from demonstrating your willingness to follow guidelines and attention to detail, doing this will also help keep you safe and able to work so you can create a promising career.

There are several things you need to consider. For instance, you need to know how every machine works, how to use all tools properly, how to wear the proper safety gear, how to lift heavy items properly, and be wary of every site-specific guideline and all emergency exits. 

Before you begin your job, your manager or supervisor will train you. 

Research your company

you have done your research while you’re in the interview and application process. However, it is always better to take a deeper dive. 

Try to read the bio of all employees that you can get your hands on. It’s also best to read more details about the history and health of the company. 

Are the stocks of the company doing well? Is it traded publicly? Has the company ever had a layoff? How long has it been around?

Research your boss and your team members as well.

Always carry a water bottle

Your workplace probably has the basics. However, you should carry a water bottle to be safe. 

Even if your company’s kitchen is impressive, you will be happy that you brought your custom milk bottle to work. 

Takeaway

You cannot predict what will happen during your first day at the factory. But with a healthy dose of confidence and preparation, you can quickly leave an excellent first impression on your new manager and co-workers. 

Always keep in mind that your workday will only comprise 8 hours. In the coming days, you will have a lot of opportunities to prove yourself and get to know your colleagues on a deeper level.

Simply follow the tips above, and you’re good to go.


David Tobin did his degree in psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. He is interested in mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.

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