Part of my job description is training the new employees and making sure they get settled into their new role smoothly.
I have been in this role for several years now and I’ve evolved how I do things quite a lot.
In the beginning, I would go to the new employee’s desk and help them train from there. This was fine, but I really grew to hate it because most new employees start in a large, common space with everyone else. It’s a great place to begin because you can seek help from those around you. However, the space is really cold because whoever is in charge keeps the thermostat settings set to 70 degrees. When people come in at the start of the day, the office is absolutely freezing. While training , I would freeze because the temperature was so uncomfortable. It also wasn’t setting a great first impression for our new hires. Now, I bring all new staff to my office which I share with two other people. Unlike the large common office space, I can control the thermostat in my office and it’s much more comfortable. I would much rather be comfortable in my own space than freezing in someone else’s. I used to hate training because of the extreme temperature difference, but now I really enjoy it. It’s so much easier for me to teach someone about their responsibilities and I can actually show them when we’re at my desk and getting work done naturally. I’ve also found that the new employees seem happier because they’re not freezing from the moment they start.