Â This entry is about orientation of new staff, etc.Â Â The moral of this story: it is really important to ask all the questions, have a contract, and don’t do a thing, don’t commit to anything until you meet with Human Resources, which should happen on your first morning, if not before you start. Â And, if you are a manager or supervisor, please spend your first week telling your staff (or providing them with) your history, their rights, their challenges, commonly used acronyms, an organization chart, a list of necessary phone numbers and email addresses, how to use the phone and the computer, the politics, not to mention introducing them to other staff, providing them with a CLEAN equipped working environment, and a vase of fresh flowers.
Â I have had a week from hell. First week in my new position. The incompetence and the accusatory style of communication amazes me. The worst I have experienced in my 39 year career. I still donâ€™t know what my salary is, donâ€™t know benefits, donâ€™t know about my 1 yr contract. Will find out at 3 on Halloween. Bad omen? Good omen? I SHOULD NEVER HAVE STARTED without knowing salary. Why canâ€™t anyone tell me? Well, if it is not livable, I will just have to decide not to sign the contract and walk out the door.Â
And on the way to work on Tuesday, I could not avoid some metal debris on the freeway (typical highway shlocky maintenance where I live) and blew out 2 tires and bent a rim. For almost $1000. Didnâ€™t report to insurance cuz my deductible in 1k. So I hear â€œyou were late!â€. Yah; well I am alive! Went out to my car for 5 minutes one day to change my contact lens and was told â€œyou never came backâ€. What!?Â And the week before I even started I was asked by my “mentor” how I planned to allocate my time between my job sites.Â What? I didn’t even know what sites IÂ would have assigned to me. Most staff have 1 or 2 sites. And I already get the picture. They â€œdriveâ€ between their sites, presenting the fiction they are working when indeed they are not. I was given 17 sites! I will spend 2 days a week at an ethnic academy. Was told they are hard to work with. Nice intro, huh? But I find them VERY pleasant. Cuz I am not naive. I have been around the block a few times. I think THAT site will work out fine, if I ever get paid.
Are you expected to use your personal cell phone and not be reimbursed for mileage? I will just keep my cell phone off. Why should I pay for this service for them?
Take care of you, because often your employer will not….