Why do we start new employees first thing Monday mornings?

Written by Mel Kleiman on April 15, 2010

It maybe good for the Payroll Department, but is it any good for the new employee and his or her manager?

At www.citymax.com, a build-your-own-website service in Vancouver, British Columbia, new employees always start on Fridays, when work is less hectic and everyone has time to introduce him- or herself.

The new hire is greeted with balloons, streamers, and a welcome card signed by the entire staff.

By the time lunch rolls around, “the comfort level is through the roof,” says co-founder and president Dean Gagnon. That’s when new hires are asked to relate an embarrassing story about themselves. “It gives everyone insight into the new person,” says Gagnon. [Excerpt from a recent article at INC.com]

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