No one likes being the new kid on the block, change is difficult as it is, and having to encounter and adapt to a whole new atmosphere and set of people is never easy. Although this feeling of awkwardness can unfortunately never be completely erased, it is possible to try our best and build an environment of acceptance and comfort that makes it easy for any new recruits to feel a sense of belonging towards our school. In conversation with Anusha Sharma- our HR manager- we discuss the steps taken that ensure any new recruits feel comfortable as they enter the GGIS family.
Any new joinee is first gifted a set of three books: Divaswapna, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The Leader in Me- books that every worker at GGIS has already read, therefore ensuring that any new member not only understands, but can also speak the ‘7 habits’ language. This becomes a continuous practice at GGIS, where teachers actively participate in discussions related to these books, and are handed training modules that are modeled around the ideologies presented in the books. This way, both the school and the teacher get an idea of their understanding regarding GGIS’s ideologies.
What better way to take the first step towards creating an open and welcoming atmosphere? Of course, this isn’t all- all new teachers are also given a portfolio and diary- something that tells them, ‘you’re welcome to this space!” New teachers in the academic team are also paired with a mentor, or ‘buddy’, to help them settle down, answer any questions they have, and of course- be a friend. In addition to that- they regularly have meetings with the HR manager in their first month, just as a way for school to check in and ask how well they have settled in.
Change and adaptation is never easy, especially when it comes to a place you spend around eight hours in but there are always people working consistently behind the scenes to make this transition as smooth as possible.