The first day in any new job is as overwhelming and exhausting as it is exciting. You haven’t figured out the office pecking order, you’re unclear about expectations and, most of all, you want to make a great first impression. It can be quite a stressful day!
We’ve pulled together 3 of our favourite first day horror stories that show just how bad it can be - we probably shouldn’t laugh but couldn’t help ourselves:
‘Oh my gosh, I love your accent’
Or maybe not in the case of Rochelle Peachy. Rochelle spent her first and only day at a management consultancy in New York, saying very little. Born and raised in London, Rochelle’s immediate boss had found out that very morning that her British husband had been cheating on her. She held court in her office where Rochelle and her colleagues gathered and her boss went on a rampage slating Brits.
Embarrased that her new boss would find out that she too was English, Rochelle decided to spend the rest of her first day attempting an American accent, chucking in a couple of ‘awesomes’ and ‘totallys’ for good measure. She didn’t return on day two.
Landing that ‘dream job’
Or so Vidette Vanderweide, currently a career coach, thought. After landing a temp job at CNN, Vidette could not wait to get started, to be discovered and be the next CNN news anchor.
Unfortunately things didn’t pan out that way. Vidette was placed in the promotional offices and on her first day had to sharpen a thousand pencils for a promotion running with Delta Airlines. Needless to say, the only thing Vidette took away from that day was the knowledge that it took 436 pencils to blow the battery of an electric pencil sharpener.
Break a leg…or a chair
Starting her first day as Head of Global Communications for a UK based company, Diana LaVigne picked up some lunch to take back to the office so she could eat it on the balcony she had seen earlier that day. Picking a table closest to the tree lined edge, Diana sat down and within seconds could feel the bench collapsing beneath her. To make matters worse, not only had Diana lost her dignity, but also her lunch – all over her white business jacket.
Whilst we make light of these stories, making the right impression with a new hire is critical to ensure they orientate themselves to your culture and can start making a positive impact as soon as possible. Joining a new business is a dramatic change to a person’s life, and if you’re hiring top talent who were valued and appreciated at their last company you want to make sure they acclimatise quickly.
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