As someone who has changed jobs numerous times in her life, I have many “first day at the office” memories.
At some places, I’d get taken out to lunch by my new colleagues who were eager to welcome me to the team. At others, I’d sit through days-long orientation sessions where I was given way more information than I’d ever retain. Or sometimes I’d just be handed a stack of paperwork and told to read up on the company’s mission, vision and values.
Although none of my first days were the same, I remember having a similar feeling each time. A pinch of excitement combined with a whole lot of worry. Would I ever learn my new role? Was I really capable of doing the job? Where was the bathroom again? In other words, what had I gotten myself into?
In talking with our property management clients, I began to realize that I wasn’t alone in my feelings of uncertainty. Hiring managers also spoke of their own sense of uncertainty when bringing in a new staff member and the challenges they faced in turning over data. It makes sense – when someone leaves their role as a property manager, they take all their institutional knowledge with them, and getting that new person brought up to speed can take months.
So, what’s an employer to do to make the transition easier on everyone? Here are three suggestions that can help get things started on the right foot.
What are your suggestions for the onboarding process? Anything you’ve experienced that’s helped make your transition easier? Leave your comments below.
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