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Planning for Your New Employees First Day

engagement Jul 28, 2023

I wanted to share a quick story and resource...

Two years ago I was hired as the interim executive of a well known bi-lingual, Montessori charter school 30 days before the first day of school. 

We hired a dozen staff in 30 days, some from out of the country, and had great inservice and day one experience for everyone...well, that's what I thought. 

I asked the mentors to schedule a new hire meeting about eight days in to check in with the new hires.

I came to the meeting late and just asked them to start with a simple, "What's going well?", "What can be improved?" icebreaker activity.

I walked into the room and was blown away about what was on the whiteboard.

What's Going Well?

What Can Be Improved...

If you couldn't read it here's just a few of the items on their list...

  • I don't know where things are (toilet!)
  • I don't know how to call the front office
  • I don't have a key
  • When is pay day?
  • When is HR orientation?
  • Do we have a staff handbook?

The list goes on....

Remember, when your employees realize they’re in an organization that wants to develop their full potential, they’ll think twice before leaving—if they think about it at all.

Here are some Tips to Increase Employee engagement I recently shared: (Click Here)

Principal Quarterly Checklist has multiple reminders. Click here to download and check out our Summer to First 20 Days tab

If you are a charter school, don't forget your Board Members...here is a blog wrote  (Click here)

To your success,

Dr. Tom

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