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Sink or Swim
Jill and Ben have accepted positions as business consultants with two different Fortune 500 organizations. Both have
MBAs and at least five years of experience as business consultants.
On Jill’s first day, her manager greets her in the company lobby with a warm smile and firm handshake. He escorts her to her new office. Jill is pleased to see that the office is clean, has a working computer, and is stocked with supplies. After putting her things away, her manager gives her a tour of the building and takes her to get her employee badge. When they return, he briefly introduces her to her colleagues, most of whom are already familiar with her because of an introductory e-mail sent out the week before. Next, they go to his office, where he provides her with her schedule for the next three weeks. It includes a number of “getting to know you” meetings with her new colleagues and clients, and outlines a series of online orientation courses and in-person workshops where she’ll learn about the company’s values, mission and consulting methodologies. The team then takes Jill to lunch, where she is introduced to her mentor. She spends the remainder of the day settling into her office and beginning the schedule prepared by her manager.
On Ben’s first day, he is greeted by the department’s administrative assistant, who profusely apologizes that Ben’s
manager will be unable to meet with him until 11:00 a.m. She is in a meeting that is running longer than expected.
The administrative assistant escorts Ben to his office and hands him about 20 sheets of paperwork to complete. She tells Ben that she will be back in about an hour, and shows him the restroom as she hurries back to her cube. Ben looks around his office and notices that it lacks supplies or a computer, so he uses his own pen to complete the forms. Ben finishes his forms in about 15 minutes and waits patiently for his manager. A few people pass by his office, but they seem rushed, so Ben doesn’t introduce himself. After about an hour and a half, Ben’s manager comes by. She apologizes again for not being available to greet him and hands him four large binders, one for each project he’ll be working on. She asks him to spend the remainder of the day reading the content in the binders; they will meet the next morning to discuss his next steps for each of the projects. She also gives Ben a list of 20 online orientation courses and asks that he complete them within the first two weeks, but explains that IT is backlogged and won’t be able to get him a computer for a couple of days. In the meantime, he’ll just have to keep himself busy with the project binders. She tells him that there is a deli across the street that he can go to for lunch, and then scurries off to another meeting.
1. For this case, compare and contrast Jill and Ben’s first-day experiences.
Consider the following :
• How are Jill and Ben most likely feeling during their first day at work?
• What do you think are their first impressions of their managers and their organizations?
• What challenges and opportunities might Jill and Ben face over the next few weeks?
• What is the likelihood that either will stay or leave within six months?
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