|Day 1||Can I remember everyone’s names? A colleague draws a mini-organogram which helps. Another colleague shows me where the bathrooms are.|
|Day 2||I take a selfie of myself looking at the company’s new logo for the internal social network – this attracts attention – am I the fastest person to adopt the brand?|
|Day 3||My first conference call has 72 participants. I understand little of what is said, it’s the detail I have yet to read about.|
|Day 4||It seems overwhelming, the change process I’m working on is huge – I have a moment of feeling daunted… and then give myself a virtual slap; it’s day four. Anyway there are team drinks at the end of the day.|
|Day 5||In a status meeting, as we go around the table I start to put together the pieces of what we’re doing and how my work will fit in. In terms of scale it’s like building a colosseum, but it’s digital so completely invisible. I have a long way to go but at least I can see the next steps now.
I go home early, via the doctor – who diagnoses an ear infection. Too much listening?
|Day 6||All part of the learning curve; my new work phone is windows…
|Day 7||Find myself interviewing a candidate for a new position. I cheerfully introduce myself, adding “day 7” as an explanation for my new status. Candidate frowns, oh dear.|
|Day 8||I spend some time digging through the internal social media platform, I’m impressed by the obvious pride people have in the company and the products.|
|Day 9||Today’s tough work assignment; Playing with Google Glass #geekheaven|
|Day 10||I have a virtual “one-on-one” with a member of my team who is based in the US. I’ll only see her for about a week every two months, we’re figuring out how to work with that.|
|Day 11||A proposal comes back with “yes” against most items, but “no, no, NO” against one. As a new person I’m asking a lot of questions. #StillLearning|
|Day 12||A conversation with some of the legal experts, the issues are familiar. They express relief.|
|Day 13||Solved a bunch of stuff for a company internal community – more ways for employees to show their pride in working here.|
|Day 14||The learning curve stretches onwards and upwards, my motivation level is super high. And it gets higher after a conversation with my boss.
At the end of the day I’m on a roof terrace with my colleagues, looking across Amsterdam and sharing a glass of wine. #GreatStart