Orienting New Employees Starts Well Before You Meet Them

Orienting New Employees Starts Well Before You Meet Them

My fascination with the military—and the U.S. Navy, in particular—started before I was 10 years old. And during the decade between then and when I was commissioned as an officer in 2002, I acquired a whole set of ideas about what actually being in the Navy would be like. 

These ideas came from books, movies, stories from veterans and myriad other information sources around me. 

Some of those ideas turned out to be accurate; others weren’t. For example, most of what you experience on a day-to-day basis in the U.S. Navy—especially if you’re a ship driver like I was—bears little to no resemblance to Maverick’s job as a fighter pilot in the 1986 movie Top Gun. 

But other patterns of behavior such as respect for rank structure, commitment to teammates, and aspects of selfless leadership that I’d learned about turned out to be

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Being a Rock Star Supervisor Starts on Day One

Being a Rock Star Supervisor Starts on Day One

Starting a new job, although exciting, is full of stressors. It's an overload of information-seeking and trial and error. It's a time when you're trying to figure out where to go and what to do, while simultaneously building new relationships and trying not to look like an idiot. 

At least that's been my experience.

Those first few days and weeks in a new organization or role are also ones in which you depend greatly upon the support and assistance of others. Good organizations often assign someone to show you around and help you adjust. Sometimes that person is your new supervisor; sometimes it's not. 

Regardless of whether or not

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