[cajobportal Insights] First day at work

Good Afternoon

Technically, for the second term, today is Mr Modi’s first day at work. He will complete the joining formalities at Raisina Hill
 
His reporting manager – Mr Ram Nath Kovind, will host a gala welcome event for him – veg and non-veg Thali, Dal Raisina, Rajbhog for 6,000 guests , which includes heads of state of 14 nations, ambassadors of various nations, public intellectuals, political activists, film stars and celebrities
 
Wouldn’t he feel on top of the world and be supercharged to contribute on the job for the next 5 years
 
Takes me down nostalgia to my first day at work
 
The only person, other than me, who exhibited a lot of happiness was the Recruitment Consultant 🙂
 
We always remember the first day we start a new job, and those memories are especially clear if things didn’t go smoothly.
 
As I entered the workplace, there was a heap of joining formality forms – Bank Account opening, PF, Gratuity, Information Particulars, Insurance etc , that were thrust on me by the “apparently overloaded by work” employee. For him, I was another car on the assembly line 
 
As I was meticulously filling the same, one of the existing employees came to me and asked that after the kind of resume I had, why was I joining this place? I was shell shocked and quite in a fix as to whether I had taken the right decision. 
At the interview stage, I was recruited as a generalist, not knowing who my manager would be. Now I had been assigned a department but my boss was on leave – we exchanged courtesy calls. So I was directionless till he returned after a week and explained what I was supposed to do
Hello, this is Sonia. ‘
Before I finished the sentence, the teammates turned back to their screens and I headed back to my lonely cubicle to read the manuals. Getting the laptop took 2 days
 
Its been a decade now and much water has flown under the bridge – but I see that the same sequence of events often repeats itself for many juniors 
 
A new hire’s first day should provide validation on their decision to accept the job offer — meaning no overloading them with information or leaving them at their desk with nothing to do.  Can the senior functional and HR leaders reflect on how put in that extra bit of effort to make a ‘good’ first day a ‘great’ one.
There are some pointers which I gathered :
 
Can you incorporate paperwork and admin into pre-boarding, through an online portal
 
Can there be people to act as Buddies for day one, to speed up the acclimatization process
 
Can you leave a chocolate on their decorated desk, along with a welcome message from the CEO. This could be a hand-written note,
 
Here’s how Apple does it
 

There’s work and there’s your life’s work.

The kind of work that has your fingerprints all over it. The kind of work that you’d never compromise on. That you’d sacrifice a weekend for. You can do that kind of work at Apple. People don’t come here to play it safe. They come here to swim in the deep end.

They want their work to add up to something.

Something big. Something that couldn’t happen anywhere else.

Welcome to Apple.

 
Whats your strategy to give new hires a first day experience that fosters early alignment, engagement, and success.

Would love to hear from you