Today is a big day. Big day!
I had a full schedule planned and was supposed to be at an important breakfast meeting along the Lake shore. Up with the birds, driving in the dark, greeting importants and making everyone feel welcome.
But in the middle of all that, I made an offer of employment to someone I’m very excited about “on-boarding” (corporate words for hiring/acclimating an employee).
And to complicate things, my team and I are off to a conference next week. She needs to come, too. So HR said “she needs to start sooner.” As in today. Friday.
Add another layer of complications, an important agency asked for a meeting mid-state. She’s on the East side, I’m on the west, the agency office is in the middle.
A few other employees were scheduled to appear with me at the breakfast meeting so they’ve got it covered.
I will leave shortly, take the meeting and then boogie on over to where her office is. Coffee up!
I remember my first day: I had a cubicle, a pen and a note pad. No computer. No guidance. No agenda. No direction. No colleagues (in meetings).
I did what I do best: I made a list.
Eventually someone hauled in a computer, a few days later it was up and running. In the meantime I met my office mates, asked questions, learned about the company and started figuring things out.
My first day, week, month weren’t great but they were definitely memorable. And a learning experience x 10!
You only get one first day.
And I want hers to be memorable … but for all the right reasons!
“In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way.” ― Tina Fey, Bossypants
Do you remember your first day at work? What was it like? Did you feel like someone prepared for you or were you “tossed into the mix” like I was?