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Onboarding during COVID: New hires grapple with office politics from home

first_imgOne young trader hired by a major European bank as the British lockdown began said remote working had made corporate culture even tougher to navigate.”It’s not exactly easy for your new boss to explain the specifics of office politics to you without putting their foot in it,” she said, declining to be named due to company policy.”It does feel like it’s taking longer to feel loyalty to my new employer than it might have otherwise. I feel loyal to the team but not to the wider bank.”A new joiner at a different, London-based bank said his interviewers had appeared to study his bookshelves and photos while asking questions, and that he does not expect to meet his colleagues in person until next year, although he joined in May. For Sam Thompson, who joined money saving and investment app MoneyBox, a lack of face-to-face contact did make some early interactions with colleagues feel more transactional. But he appreciated the lengths the company has gone to to make it work.”We’ve been getting Deliveroo vouchers and we’ve been sitting around our computers while talking to one another and having lunch,” he said. “It’s probably the best induction into a company that I’ve ever had,” said the Quality Assurance Engineer, who has had several jobs in six years in the industry.Founded in 2016, MoneyBox has taken on 35 new hires during the lockdown to a total headcount of 135. It initially held off from filling roles requiring interaction with multiple teams, such as developers, Jack Johnstone, head of HR and talent, said, but overcame those fears.Its approach mirrors those of major banks including Standard Chartered, Citi and Deutsche Bank, which have all rapidly redesigned their interview and orientation process.Citi hired around 3,840 new staff in its Institutional Clients Group Operations & Technology between March and August.Once a new hire is appointed, MoneyBox and the banks send out a joining manual or welcoming video along with the required technology.Virtual face-to-face meetings are held much more regularly with managers, buddy partners are formed with existing staff and an array of tech platforms are used to maintain communication.Meetings with different teams and online social events are encouraged to help staff build broader networks and replicate the ‘chance meetings’ they may have had in canteens and lifts.Drinks anyone?Andy Halford, chief financial officer of Standard Chartered, told Reuters online drinks and other social events were vital.”Some people find it easier to talk and connect when they are not ‘at work’,” he said. “We want to humanize this situation for everyone.”Professor Nicholas Bloom at Stanford University said new hires unable to meet colleagues in person would struggle with unspoken rules – from how many hours people really work to when to take a break and what to wear.For graduates, who often work long hours when joining banks or big law firms, that poses another risk. “At home it generates a strong incentive for over-communication, so endlessly sending unnecessary emails and slack messages just to highlight the fact that you’re still there,” Bloom said.Still, McKinsey Partner Alexander DiLeonardo said new hires have to work harder to network. “When you aren’t sitting next to your new colleagues or outside your supervisor’s office, you have to be intentional about reaching out,” he said. Topics :center_img Joining a new company can be tough at the best of times, with bosses to impress, skills to learn and new colleagues to befriend.But that task becomes a whole lot harder when the “onboarding” is done during a pandemic that has forced millions to work from home, leaving new hires to judge colleagues on their taste in curtains and conduct on Zoom.The companies that get it right should have an expanded, grateful workforce, but get it wrong and new hires could find it hard to develop team spirit or a sense of belonging to the firm.last_img read more

Daylight Saving Time to End This Weekend

first_imgAmericans will gain an extra hour of sleep this weekend as Sunday marks the end of daylight saving time.At 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 3rd, people across the U.S. will need to “fall back” one hour to reflect the new time.It won’t affect residents of Arizona, Hawaii, and many of the U.S. territories.President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Uniform Time Act in 1966, which established daylight saving time from the second Sunday of March through the first Sunday of November.Inside Edition offers tips to help one adjust to daylight saving time in the video above!last_img read more

Pope slaps woman’s hand to free himself from her grip

first_imgDuring Pope Francis’s greeting in St. Peter’s Square on Tuesday a woman grabbed his hand and tugged him toward her causing Pope Francis to slap the woman’s hand to free himself from her.The video shows the woman shouting at the Pope but it is not clear what she was telling him.The pope continued greeting people, but kept his distance as he was making his way to the Nativity scene at the center of Vatican City.last_img

JetBlue Flight Diverts to PBIA Due to Smoke; No Injuries Reported

first_imgA JetBlue flight that was heading from the Bahamas to New York with 143 people aboard was diverted to Palm Beach International Airport Thursday afternoon.Local and federal authorities say the crew declared an emergency due to a report of smoke in the cockpit.No one was hurt as Flight 421, which originally departed from Nassau for John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, landed at PBIA, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue officials add that the smoke was limited to the cockpit and had already dissipated by the time firefighters boarded the aircraft.The FAA is investigating the cause of the incident.Officials at PBIA say the passengers were deplaned but did not have additional information about their travel plans.last_img read more

Champion Storey among three new under 16 caps

first_img Jake Storey (Alnmouth, Northumberland), the English under 16 champion, is one of three new caps in the ten-strong England team for the annual under 16 international against Scotland at Pannal Golf Club near Harrogate on Sunday 7th October. The others are Mitchell Sarling (Rochford Hundred, Essex) and Jonathan Thomson (Lindrick, Yorkshire). The rest of the team is: Jack Hermeston (City of Newcastle, Northumberland), Haydn McCullen (Delamere Forest, Cheshire), Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park, Derbyshire), Marco Penge (Worthing, Sussex), Jack Singh Brar (Brokenhurst Manor, Hampshire, IoW &CI), Billy Spooner (Boston, Lincolnshire) and Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park, Lincolnshire). Penge, Singh Brar and Spooner were in the team that beat Wales under 16s at Llanwern recently. Storey (Copyright Tom Ward), won the under 16 championship for the McGregor Trophy at Trevose in Cornwall in July and represented England Golf in the Italian under 16 Championship. Sarling, the Essex boy champion, finished fourth in the North of England under 16 Championship and is captain of the Essex under 16 team. Thomson has overcome a serious illness to be North of England under 16 champion and he helped Yorkshire win the Boys’ County Championship at Cotswold Hills. Hermeston was the English under 16 champion last year and finished third in the English Schools Championship. He also played in the under 16 internationals against Scotland and Ireland and finished third in this year’s North of England under 16 Championship. McCullen was also an under 16 international last year when he finished runner-up in the Douglas Johns Trophy. A member of this year’s England boys squad, he finished equal seventh in the English under 16 Championship. Moore, the English under 14 champion in 2011, earned his first under 16 cap against Scotland last year and he also played against Ireland and against Spain this year. He also finished fifth in the European Young Masters and was a member of the winning England team in the recent Canadian International Junior Challenge. Penge, who finished seventh in the McGregor and Carris Trophies, won the Hazards Salver in the latter for the best score by a player aged under 16. He made his international debut in the recent under 16 match with Spain. Singh Brar has been an under 16 international for the past two years and was a joint winner of the Junior County Champions event last year. He finished sixth in the McEvoy and McGregor Trophies this year when he also made his debut in the Boys Home Internationals in Ireland. Spooner was another to debut against Spain this year, having been a member of the victorious Lincolnshire team in the 2011 Boys County Finals. He also finished sixth in this year’s Reid Trophy and the North of England under 16 Championship. Turner was also a member of the winning Lincolnshire Boys team last year and is the newly crowned Junior County Champion of Champions. Became a boy cap this year when he claimed five points from six in the Boys Home Internationals and finished fifth in the North of England under 16 Championship. The match against Scotland comprises five foursomes and ten singles. Eight of the team, Hermeston, McCullen, Moore, Sarling, Singh Brar, Storey, Thomson and Turner, will comprise the team to face Ireland at Huddersfield Golf Club on 13th – 14th October. That contest will feature four foursomes on day one and eight singles on the following morning. 24 Sep 2012 Champion Storey among three new under 16 caps last_img read more