I’ve had quite a few friends start new positions in this past year. It’s exciting to see so many people get great opportunities after living through the recession!
One common thing happens to all of these folks. It goes something like this:
1. Social announcement that they got a new position! Yay! Congrats! When do you start?! We all know the drill.
2. Actual announcement on the first day they start the job. This happens in a number of forms, social, press release, etc. This is Day 1 on the job, they don’t even know which bathroom they should be using based on their position, and Bam!, you’ve been announced to the world you’re open for business in your new role.
3. Everyone in the world is contacting you on your first day for a variety of reasons. Some will want to just congratulate you. Some will want to pimp your for business. Some will want dirt on why you left the last place. All will want time you don’t have because YOU JUST STARTED A NEW JOB AND YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW WHERE THE BATHROOM IS!!!
4. You spend the first week trying to find the bathroom.
5. By week #2, you found the bathroom, your email works on your smartphone, and your new company is already beginning to discount your ideas and opinions. Welcome to the show kid, it moves pretty fast!
That’s why I think you should do away with the current job announcement practices, and do something else. Here’s my new Sackett Job Announcement Plan for Success (like a Trump policy, but it works):
1. Day 1, will now be called Day A.
2. Day A – E, will be your first days of employment, but no one will actually be told that you started.
3. Day 1 (which is really day 6) will happen on the first day of week #2. Now, you’re actually ready to announce your new position, and take on the coming storm of emails, phone calls, tweets, etc.
We can call it the Undercover Job Start. You’ve started, but let’s keep it on the down-low until I find the bathroom and stuff. It’s like the same job start, but without all the stress.
They do this in the restaurant industry when they open a new restaurant. They ‘soft’ open a week before the actual Grand Opening. People trickle in. It gives the staff a chance to work out the kinks and fix stuff without having a full restaurant to deal with. That’s how you want to start your job!