This was the actual script of an online training I was required to take in preparation to work for the Census:

Keep in mind that this is orientation training so none of the acronyms, forms or abbreviations mean anything to the person working their way through this module. And, obviously, making a personal property claim isn’t something that is applicable before working (if ever), so going into this much detail at this point in the process makes no sense at all.

It’s tempting to want to cram everything an employee may need to know into the early days of training, but don’t do it. If you make the first days positive, relevant, and engaging, you’ll reap the dividends throughout the whole term of employment.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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