Being new is daunting. Particularly when joining a new school. One virtue that my daughters’ school injects into new students and their parents is that they are only new on the first day. From day two, they are members of a community designed to foster learning and progress.
This philosophy has remarkable results which engage the entire culture of the school.
For students, it accelerates how they accept their new environment and helps them start learning and participating the moment they walk in the door. Teachers plan their first day and over-index on assisting students in feeling welcome. And older students, who have benefited from the same tradition, participate with enthusiasm as if the better the reception they received.
Not surprisingly, schools that pay little attention to welcoming newcomers have different effects on students. The bottom line is that students take longer to open up and participate. And this can have significant downstream consequences.
The same is true for companies.
I’ve written about how founders can help new team members demonstrate their worth. But I’d like to share some thoughts on how to create the best first day for new team members. One that has significant positive flow-on effects for the team, new team members, and how the company approaches hiring. See profile link for full post!
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