Years ago, as a freshman in college, I had the opportunity to work for the water department in my hometown. My job was pretty much a gofer position, but I learned a lot about what our municipal employees did, and why their jobs were important. I decided this was not what I wanted to do as a career, but I learned many valuable lessons I still use today.
There are a few pivotal times in every employee’s career. Hands down, the most pivotal time is during the onboarding process. The deal is done; compensation is agreed to, announcements are made and (ideally) preparations are made for the new contributor. At this time, most new hires are more open than ever to what’s happening around them. The employer is typically on “best behavior,” wanting to look good for making such a wise hire decision. So, with all this “niceness” going on, why do some new hires go bad so quickly?