It’s that time again, the start of a new school year.
For some parents there will be a sigh of relief as children get back into their routine, for others there will be an anxious wait to hear how the first day went at a new school.
I can still remember my first day, even though it was mmmm... a few years ago, playing with toys and a particularly scary skittle clown, I recall. Funny what stays with you.
There's just something about first days!
Can you remember yours? Or your first day in a new job, a new role?
How did you feel? Anxious, excited, scared?
And what about at the end of that first day? Was it memorable...for all the right reasons?
You may have someone starting with you today. How memorable will their first day be?
Will your new team member go home feeling full of drive and energy dying to tell their other half, mum or dad what a great day they’ve had and how excited they are about the future?
First impressions count, and that applies to your team members too. Too many employers seem to think, ‘Well I’ve given them a job why do I need to impress them’. They haven't thought through what they need them to know, or more importantly, how they want them to feel, by the end of the day.
There's no structure, and for many their first day will be sitting watching someone else work, perhaps reading policies or listening to someone tell them every detail about the company history and what everyone does day to day. Some will be left to their own devices while one of the team finds something for them to do.
Even those who've put some thought into a first day can still get it wrong, thinking that they have to give information, when whats more important is to give inspiration.
We need to start with a new team member as we want them to continue; inspired, energised and engaged!
As Dr Seuss would say, ‘Today is your day, your mountain is waiting so get on your way’.
That is how you want your new team member feeling on their first day, ready to climb their mountain, with you there with the ropes, the harness and the map to motivate and support them every step of the way.
First days matter, and like every other area of your business, having a system for running them, will keep them consistent, memorable, and a hugely positive experience for every new member of your team.
Do one thing: Grab yourself some fresh ideas and a 'made for you' system for Making a First Day Memorable right HERE, and be the employer you wish you'd had.
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Marianne is the author of three books, and is currently working on her fourth, whilst regularly writing her blog, we hope you enjoy it :-)