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Theresa is a programmer who just landed her first job as a project manager at a local company. Though relatively new, the company has a reputation in the field for being very particular about how new hires are brought onboard. Consistent with this reputation, on her first day, she reported to her supervisor who told her that they do have a formalized training routine, so that should be the first thing she does before getting to work. She set out to her desk and opens her personal laptop, which she brought with her since she didn’t have a company computer yet. A passing fellow employee saw her, introduced himself as Jack, and told her that they don’t allow outside laptops here; the office tries instead to promote a “fresh start” toward thinking among new hires. Theresa was about to ask where she can find a company computer, but was interrupted by applause in a far corner of the office. Looking around, she saw another employee smiling as those around her cheered. Theresa asked Jack about the other woman, and Jack said, “That’s Juliza; she was just promoted today.” Jack then told Theresa that Juliza has been part of the company for a long time and has managed to work her way up through the ranks to achieve her new position. Theresa, inspired, asked Jack about the best way to achieve what Juliza achieved. He told her that it’s a pretty set process, and that she’ll be familiar with how things work soon. Theresa thanked Jack for his help, and headed off to obtain her company laptop. On her way, she ran into Juliza herself who exclaimed, “You must be Theresa! I’ve heard a lot about you and have been so excited to meet you. I’ve been assigned to be your mentor to help you get situated in the company and get you on the proper track. Of course, you’ll be fine so long as you can make yourself stand out amongst your peers. I really hope you like working here!” Cheered by this interaction, Theresa was looking forward to becoming more of an integral member of the organization.
The colored text in the story exemplifies each socialization tactic you selected, respectively. Notice how Theresa’s socialization experience changes as you switch your tactics.
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INVESTITURE
Did you find that any of the combinations seemed unusual or unworkable? Some tactics work better or worse than others and you need to pay attention to the context and the needs of the individual and the organization to optimize the socialization process.
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SOCIALIZATION TACTICS
Theresa is a programmer and is about to begin her onboarding experience for her new job as a project manager at a local company. Design the structure of her onboarding experience by selecting a series of socialization tactics. Click each tactic on the right to switch between the two options. On the next page, read about Theresa’s first day of socialization based upon your selections.
THERESA’S FIRST DAY
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Theresa is a programmer and is about to begin her onboarding experience for her new job as a project manager at a local company.
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Second Lieutenant Larson is an Army officer and is about to begin his onboarding experience for his new job as a Platoon Leader. Design the structure of his onboarding experience by selecting a series of socialization tactics.
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SECOND LIEUTENANT LARSON
SECOND LIEUTENANT LARSON
JOINING COUGAR COMPANY
Second Lieutenant Larson is an Army officer and is about to begin his onboarding experience for his new job as a Platoon Leader. Design the structure of his onboarding experience by selecting a series of socialization tactics. Click each tactic on the right to switch between the two options. On the next page, read about 2LT Larson's first day of socialization based upon your selections.
As Second Lieutenant (2LT) Larson was working in the battalion operations office this morning, he was informed that he will be joining Cougar company to be the Platoon Leader for first platoon and that he would be the only person going to Cougar company for the time being. Overjoyed, 2LT Larson spent the rest of the day handing over his duties in the operations office so that he could join Cougar company the next day. When he arrived at physical training the next morning, he linked up with the outgoing Platoon Leader, First Lieutenant (1LT) Hayes, who immediately told 2LT Larson, “You’re going to shadow me for a while so I can teach you the ins and outs of the platoon, answer any questions you have, and make sure you’re set up for success when I leave.” After his workout, 2LT Larson reported to the training room and learned that he would have to complete administrative training upfront as a newcomer in Cougar company. After his stop in the training room, 2LT Larson finally got a chance to sit down with his Company Commander, Captain (CPT) Mendez, who welcomed him to the company and laid out a detailed timetable of what the next few weeks would look like for him. Essentially, before he could take charge of first platoon, he had to prove himself worthy by passing an Army Physical Fitness test and a Land Navigation test. Being that he was confident in his abilities, 2LT Larson was ready for whatever lay ahead. He spent the rest of the day shadowing 1LT Hayes and meeting his new colleagues. Before he left for the day, he asked 1LT Hayes what it’s like to be in Cougar company. 1LT Hayes responded, “You’ll be fine as long as you drink the kool aid.” 2LT Larson was a bit surprised by his response and, during his drive home that night, he wondered whether or not he would be a good fit in Cougar company. Nonetheless, one thing was clear, he was extremely excited to finally be a Platoon Leader.
The colored text in the story exemplifies each socialization tactic you selected, respectively. Notice how 2LT Larson’s socialization experience changes as you switch your tactics.