When new employees begin work, they can feel intimidated or overwhelmed in their first few months, which is why employers should take the time to prepare new workers for success. At the health care provider, cloud-based platform firm Strata Decision Technology, Director of Product Strategy Ross Goglia said his transition into his role began with the first interview, in which the Strata Decision team set the initial tone and allowed him to feel valued and supported. “The company was very flexible and understanding when it came to the administrative and logistical details of switching jobs. Once I started, the welcome was very warm and genuine, and I instantly connected with dozens of phenomenal people. Three months into working at Strata, I feel that I’ve learned a lot and ramped up quickly, thanks to a corporate training program that is the best I’ve seen,” he added. At Sittercity, Senior iOS Developer Jillian Bush said she met with each department head during her first week on the job to gain perspective on the company’s history and vision for the future of connecting families with vetted caregivers. “My team was extremely patient as I got my bearings and started asking questions. I felt like I was set up to succeed, and I was able to run from there,” she added. At healthy snacks firm RXBAR, Senior Procurement Operations Manager Taylor Mayhue said when hired the company enabled her to see how the business worked from the inside perspective of staff across a variety of roles outside of her own, and her own team enabled her to ask questions, schedule time to discuss specific topics and processes and shadow different aspects of their days. “My first day at RXBAR, I was able to get an hour with the company founder, which really took me by surprise. Then, I spent two weeks in customer service to learn about consumers and the business and was provided with a 90-day plan by my direct leader. I was also provided a list of contacts to schedule time with to learn about their roles and how I would be interacting with them going forward,” she explained. Employers that take the time to allow new employees to shadow others, ask questions and get a sense of the company’s inner workings can ensure new employees are less stressed and better equipped to hit the ground running.
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