Adaptation and Initial Training

In crisis situations it is extremely
important not to lose your head
Marie Antoinette
It was already ten days since George worked as a senior expert in the Big Stone LTD. As he was very sociable person by nature, he took initiative in his own hands and succeeded to introduce himself to his colleagues. Well, it’s true that everyone was quite busy and cannot pay attention to him, but at least there was someone to say hallo to, and not be silent as a shy virgin while drinking coffee in the rest room. Thank God there was this room, so George could find out something for the habits, rules and important people in the company. People were talking, commenting, interpreting and gossiping, and George was listening. Only there was a lot of work and the expert had not enough time for socialization.

At 5 pm at the latest George took his official notebook and went home, for he wanted to avoid the traffic in the city. Well, the working time was till 6 pm, but he worked at home at least 2-3 hours more. It was the same in the previous company, and it was conveniently and effectively. No one except him left the office so early, but according to George everyone had the right to chose how to divide his or her time.

Today at 4:50 pm George was already gone. However, at the front door he ran into a well-tailored, strict-looking gentleman, who looked askance at him and asked:
- ‘Who are you, sir?’
- ‘And why do you ask?’
- ‘And would you, please, explain to me’, the gentleman continued, ‘what exactly are you doing in the Big Stone’s office?’
George got angry. He didn’t think that he has to explain to some strangers, no matter how well-tailored they are, who he is, what he is doing somewhere, etc.
A few flourishes and sarcastic remarks went through his mind, but his savoir-vivre did its job well and transformed them into:
- ‘Dear Sir, I do not understand the reason you are so interested in this, but I will tell you that I work here. Now I’m leaving and I’m in a hurry, but it seems that, wasting my time in explanations with you, I’ll get into the largest traffic!!! Now, would you please tell me who are you and why are you questioning me?’
- ‘I’m the owner and the governor of the Big Stone LTD’, the answer came. ‘And when I saw you, I wandered who is this fine boy, who in contrary to the rules takes away a computer from the building, leaves his workplace an hour before the end of the working time, and, on top of it all, is flung with some sweeter on, despite the dress code in the company.’
- ‘I’m sorry, sir, I didn’t know’, George mumbled, while his imagination painted apocalyptic pictures of unemployment, hunger and sorrow…

Seriously about Adaptation and Initial Training

The most frequently asked questions, related to the system of adaptation and initial training for new employees.

Question: What are the benefits for the company from implementing such a system?
Answer: To visualize it, we will list them:
  1. Shortening the period to reach maximum efficiency of new recruits.
  2. Reducing the risk of fluctuation in the first months of employment.
  3. Reducing the risk of errors due to ignorance of work standards, rules and procedures imposed by the company.
  4. Increasing the employee motivation in the first months of employment.
  5. Reducing the risk of negative echoes in case of leaving of new employee.

Question: Would you describe the system?
Answer: There is no exact template, but each system includes several elements:
  1. Introducing the basic documents directly related to the activities of the newly appointed employee in the company.
  2. Introduction to colleagues and supervisors; guide around the building, displaying the important areas: dining, recreation, toilets, etc.
  3. Understanding the basic rules and standards in the company, business customs, values and goals, dress code of the company and others.
  4. Conducting training for new employees, covering topics directly related to their new duties.

Here is an example:
Shop assistants, who start working in a shop for luxury shoes.
The training would include information on quality, materials, brands and other details related to the products themselves. Another basic topic would be related to standards and specifics of sales and customer service adopted by the company.

Question: How long would this, say, procedure, take?
Answer: Between three and ten days, depending on the specifics of the position the new employee occupies.

Question: If I have other questions, how could I receive an answer?
Answer: Send your questions to info[ at ] and you will receive a response within two working days.