I was talking with a friend of mine who started a new job when he faced his version of “the inevitable” when he joined.
Yesterday, I was talking with a friend of mine who just started a new job. He called me at the end of his 3rd day. He said, "The inevitable happened."
I said, "what did they tell you about?"
He told me this story about how a group manager from another department (it's a small firm; I don't want to make it seem like were talking about a major employer, although it can happen at one, too), met with him. He's starting a new job than what he has done before and he's learning and working for a new organization with different ways of things being done… All the obvious stuff.
She said to him, "When the receptionist is out, we kind of organize amongst ourselves what we call, 'ding duty.'"
He says, "Ding, duty," I think it will be something gross and smelly.
"Yes, we have a bell out front. We each take rotations as to who is going to cover the bell if she is out."
So this became the thing that they forgot to tell him about on the way in. '"
As a new employee at a place, everyone is putting on a good performance of the good face. You're trying to show your self in the best light, and neglected to mention certain things and so are they.
When you join, you will inevitably discover that there are things that they haven't told you about. You will say to yourself, "oh," just like my friend did when he was spoken about "ding duty.."
I'll simply say, be prepared. Something inevitably will be different than what you are led to believe. Maybe what will happen, and these are always the extreme situations, the person who hired you won't be there. Why? Because they quit or were fired during the period before you joined. Maybe that person or that function that you are brought on to do has been changed because there is been a reorg. Whatever it is, be prepared in your own mind that that smooth flow that they talk with you about, all that wonderful happy stuff that they explained isn't going to necessarily be quite that perfect.
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