A new survey of close to 3,000 full and part time UK staff has shown that 50 per cent of workers felt that they had made a gaffe on their first day of work.

Many of the first day blunders and mistakes are pretty familiar – such as arriving late or blurting out something stupid because of nerves – but other gaffes were more obscure and might surprise you.

The research, commissioned by 4imprint, a printed products firm, revealed that many people fret about what to wear to work on their first day, with almost 3 in 4 respondents wishing they could have had a uniform to make things easier. More than 4 in 5 workers said they would have felt more comfortable on the first day of work if they had been confident about what clothes to wear.

Some people admitted that they had sent a ‘sensitive’ email, supposed to be for the eyes of one individual only, as a ‘send to all’ email throughout the company. Other people had been told that they weren’t the company’s first choice for the role.

Some first day workers found they had no desk or computer, while others found that they did have a computer but couldn’t work out how to turn it on.

Commenting on the survey’s findings, a spokesperson for 4imprint said: “Starting a new job can be intimidating for a variety of reasons. From not knowing who you’ll be working with, not being 100 per cent sure how to get to your new workplace and worries over what to wear can make for a nerve-wracking first day. Our study found the importance of what you wear to work can make you feel as comfortable as possible on a first day and help create a great first impression.”

“A decision can be made about a person within 26 seconds of meeting them, which is why appearance is so important. Corporate work wear can provide reassurance to new starters and if your organisation operates in the service or retail sector then staff uniforms can also be vitally important for customers,” added the spokesperson.

Here’s the full list of UK full and part time workers first day mistakes:

  1. Learned someone’s name then immediately forgotten it
  2. Got someone’s name wrong
  3. Was just too nervous
  4. Finding they had no computer/desk to work at
  5. Said something stupid due to nerves
  6. Arrived at the wrong work address
  7. Turned up completely overdressed compared to everyone else
  8. Worn shoes that ended up being agonisingly painful by the end of the day
  9. Had to have something simple explained numerous times
  10. Got there late due to traffic
  11. Being told they wasn’t the ‘first choice candidate’
  12. Forgotten the code to get in or out of the office
  13. Got there late due to public transport problems
  14. Put their foot in their mouth during a conversation with someone
  15. Turned up completely underdressed compared to everyone else
  16. Been over-friendly
  17. Accidentally sent a sensitive email as a ‘staff all’
  18. Made someone’s tea wrong
  19. Said something inappropriate to a new colleague
  20. Got there late due to other reasons
  21. Damaged company property
  22. Spilled tea everywhere
  23. Took too long on a lunch break
  24. Got the company name wrong
  25. Went to the wrong address
  26. Asked how to turn their computer on
  27. Had a wardrobe malfunction like trousers splitting
  28. Took a personal call that was frowned upon
  29. Worn a tie when nobody else was wearing one
  30. Had to leave early due to a family emergency