How NOT to orient a new employee
Red flags and surprises – not a good way to start
Creating the best first impression possible will go a long way in developing a positive long term relationship with a new employee. View our new video, How NOT to Orientate a New Employee to avoid making a back impression on the first day.
On your first day of a new job it is not unusual to be surprised by the odd thing here and there but there are surprises and then there are SURPRISES!
This is the story of a newly hired Manager, (Mr. Jones) brought in by a company to replace an existing Manager (Ms. Smith) who is leaving. Here is just a sample of what he experienced on his first day.
- Surprise #1: Mr Smith, the manager that Mr. Jones is replacing, is still there and the staff have not been informed that he is going to be their new boss (How awkward!). Guess the two week advance notice of the start date was not enough time to let the employees know?
- Surprise #2: Mr. Jones does not have a place to sit or anything to work on or with – the desk and computer that are going to be his are still being occupied by Ms. Smith. It’s pretty hard to get started without being able to set up your e-mail, phone, etc, etc
- Surprise #3: Mr. Jones is instructed by his new employer that if any of the employees ask what his role is, he is only to tell them that he is “part of the management team” and that’s all he knows. Not a great way to instill trust and respect by having to lie to your team on Day one.
Poor orientations have an extremely poor impact on a person’s experience at their new job. They not only affect the new employee, but also their friends, family, and anyone they decide to share their negative experience with. View our How Not to Orientate a New Employee video as an example of how not to welcome a new employee.
A proper orientation can be quick, inexpensive and easy to do. You just need to put a plan in place and then follow it to ensure any future new hires feel welcomed (and expected!) on their first day.
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