Have you left one job, voluntarily or otherwise, and are you beginning another? "Few events are as anticlimactic as the first day in a new job," says National Business Employment Weekly, dated April 21, on newsstands this week.
The story adds, "As a new kid on the block, your exuberance will be tempered by uncertainties and disappointments. Expect a period of adjustment and be prepared for uncomfortable transitions. You'll soon realize that a title and years of experience don't guarantee success, and a bad day at the office will appear worse than it is because you'll see it as an indication of things to come."
The story suggests: (1) Leave all baggage at the door. ("Surest path to disharmony at a new place is to compare people to those at your old employer. Your new co-workers don't want to hear about that.") (2) Get along with everybody. ("No skill is more important than your willingness to work as part of the team.") (3) Follow through and deliver. ("Nothing can take the place of succeeding in the position for which you were hired.") (4) Have an open attitude. ("Change is the only constant new employees can count on.")
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SILVER LINING? Joel "Bud" Finkelstein, CEO, Ace Uniform Services and our reliable local business indicator, reports a recent upswing in work uniform add-ons. He said, "We rent uniforms to dozens of industries and for 15 winter weeks we saw big layoffs over add-ons. However, the first week in April registered a big plus in add-ons, the second week ran even, not bad considering where we've been. The two weeks together showed a big plus. But it's too soon to be sure the recession's ending. I'm afraid to be confident. Call me again in a few weeks." I made a calendar note to do that.
BARE HILLS BEAT: Thomas Carbery Jones writes a pleasant letter reading, "Recently you stated on the radio that copper was mined at Bare Hills, just north of Mt. Washington and a former commuter train local stop on the Northern Central branch of the Pennsy. For the record, copper was mined at the 'Copper Mines' on Smith Ave. near Bonnie View Golf Club. The mineral mined at Bare Hills was chromite, the ore of chrome, a metal rarely found in the U.S. and essential for defense requirements. As kids we used to explore the Bare Hills caves. Every time a disruption of peace threatens, government geologists go to Bare Hills to re-evaluate the hills for yielding this most rare and strategic metal which I think is indigenous to only two or three other places in the world."
APRIL SHOWERS: John Brooks, 86, familiar figure and maitre d' of Marconi's restaurant, still types daily menus by hand on an ancient 1910 typewriter . . . "Amtrak is planning Metroliner club/conference cars with table settings for eight, telephone, fax machine, videos, etc." (National Railway Bulletin) . . . Mercantile Safe Deposit & Trust Co. says, "Recession may be in process of ending, but we do not expect a robust recovery in second half of this year." . . . And a New York television executive told me Saturday that, with athletes' salaries in the stratosphere and going higher, we may soon pay $5 to $10 a game for baseball, football, basketball, golf, etc., on our home television screens, cable or no.