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Woman praised for saying you should never give 100% when you start new job

Claire Reid

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We all know that starting a new job can be daunting and we want to make a good impression on our new boss and co-workers.

However, one woman has explained why it’s not a good idea to go all out and give 100 percent when you start a new job - and it actually makes perfect sense.

In a post on TikTok, Rosie, who posts under the very apt handle @badass.careers, has shared why you definitely shouldn’t go above and beyond when starting a new role and it seems to have struck a chord with other workers who were quick to agree.

In the post, Rosie stitches with another clip that advises against ‘giving 100 percent when starting a new job’ but instead suggests 'ramping up your efforts over time'.

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Rosie has explained why you shouldn’t go all out straight away. Credit: TikTok/@badass.careers
Rosie has explained why you shouldn’t go all out straight away. Credit: TikTok/@badass.careers

She then: “This person is 100 percent correct and here's why: you teach people how to treat you. If you’re pulling extra hours and saying, ‘yes’ to everything, going above and beyond, 110 percent straight out the gate - that’s actually going to become your baseline normal and that’s damn hard to sustain.

“So what you want to do is ramp up your effort over time, stick to about 80-95 percent and then get that 100-110 percent out for important presentations or if your team is in crisis mode.

“If you’re firing on all cylinders all of the time, you’re just going to end up burnt out.

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“Protect your energy and you'll perform better at work long term.”

The clip has since been liked more than 18,000 times and has been flooded with comments from other TikTok users who thought the advice was spot on.

She’s suggested you ‘protect your energy’ to be a better worker in the long term. Credit: TikTok/@badass.careers
She’s suggested you ‘protect your energy’ to be a better worker in the long term. Credit: TikTok/@badass.careers

One wrote: “Love this! Omg I always would go 110 percent at first to prove myself and then feel pressure to keep it up and not know how to turn it down.”

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Someone else commented: “I was able to sustain this effort for two years but then I slowed down. It was not worth it because everyone else was not pulling their weight.”

While a third added: “I keep doing this mistake because I want to impress and gain trust right at the beginning. But it’s not a good strategy for longevity.”

Lamenting not knowing this advice sooner, another person wrote: “My last job was insane. A few months in I was doing the work of three people and had responsibilities my colleagues didn’t even know about.”

Topics: TikTok, Life

Claire Reid
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