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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....

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