One of the best ways to ascertain how well a new employee is becoming acclimated to his or her job is by giving them the opportunity to rate their first week at work, according to Wes Stephenson, operator of a Big O Tires Inc. franchise in Las Vegas. He also recommends that a new hire be teamed with a ``buddy'' on staff, who can offer guidance and instruction during the ``break in'' period.
Mr. Stephenson uses an outline devised by author James Miller, a ``corporate coach'' who runs Miller Busi-ness Systems. These questions can be included on a form given to new workers at the end of their first week:
How was your first day on the job?
Rate the helpfulness of the staff.
Rate the amount and quality of training received.
Rate the friendliness of peers.
What is your overall impression of the new-employee training program?
Would you like to be a ``buddy''?
Did you get a tour of the facility?
Did your supervisor/manager take you to lunch when you started?
Were all questions you had about payroll, benefits and business operations adequately explained?