TurkishWings
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First Day At Work

Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:05 am

Hi all,

I am putting together a new HR project (a part of my training program at my hotel) about the first day at work... I am trying to introduce a "fun day" where the new employee spends time at different departments of the hotel and gets to know his/her co-workers a bit...This is the idea...

Now, I would like to know what kind of difficulties did you face on the first day of your job? What could have been done to release the stress and make a good beginning to your new career?

Any ideas, thoughts, recommendations would be highly appreciated...

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ronglimeng
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RE: First Day At Work

Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:31 am

I am reminded of a Dilbert cartoon where Dilbert is teamed up with a new guy and tells him "This is your computer, this is your mouse. Anything else you ask me will be damaging my productivity" (or words to that effect).

When I started in my current job, I was paired up with a guy who was busy on a project and obviously resented the distraction of having me around. I sat on my bum for almost a month before I got meaningful work. During that frustrating time I got advice from my wife and friends that I ought to talk to the boss and tell him I needed things to do. I took my own advice, though, kept a low profile, and learned what I could, when I could. Still, not a great indoctrination.

I would say that if you need to hire someone, you ought to devote the time and resources necessary to get that person settled and working along the path that you want them to follow. That sounds pretty simple but in reality, it isn't.
 
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RE: First Day At Work

Thu Mar 13, 2008 1:13 pm

Make sure you don't overwhelm the new hires. An hour in the kitchen, an hour in housekeeping, an hour at... can be overwhelming. Make it a couple of hours in each department. Even stretch it over two days.

I worked somewhere where a similar program was in place. I was so anxious and confused by the end of the day that I felt like quitting. I was rushed and bounced between departments so fast that I never got a chance to absorb the information and details.
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ZakHH
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RE: First Day At Work

Thu Mar 13, 2008 1:37 pm



Quoting Ronglimeng (Reply 1):
When I started in my current job, I was paired up with a guy who was busy on a project and obviously resented the distraction of having me around. I sat on my bum for almost a month before I got meaningful work. During that frustrating time I got advice from my wife and friends that I ought to talk to the boss and tell him I needed things to do. I took my own advice, though, kept a low profile, and learned what I could, when I could. Still, not a great indoctrination.

That was certainly a difficult time for you, but try to also see it from the other guy's point of view. If he was busy with a larger project, he probably worked extra hours anyway. Any additional hour he would spend with you would mean another hour less with his family, friends or hobbies.

We frequently have interns and trainees around, and the first thing I tell them is: look, I usually never come home before 7 or 8 pm. So I already have too little time for my wife and my private life. And I won't sacrifice more of it just to show you around. So if you want me to spend time with you, try to find something where you can help me saving time.

Some of them would be discouraged or even offended by that - I can't help it. I don't say it because I disrespect them. If I would, then I would not accept interns - simple as that. I say it just because it's a fact, and by pointing it out, I give them a chance to understand the situation, and process that understanding.
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RE: First Day At Work

Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:36 pm

I am currently training two new starters.

One of the best things is to get the ehole team to got for lunch in the first week I think, and on the Friday night our for drinks.

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