Post # 1
OK this is for HR bees, or just any bee who is responsible for hiring employees. I got a new job that I start on Monday (YAY!) My question is: How much correspondence becomes TOO much during the two week lag time before I start my job. I’m finishing up at my old job, and I just keep thinking of questions so I email my new supervisor. She generally seems OK with it, but I sent a question yesterday, and never heard back. I feel like maybe I pushed it too far, and annoyed her. I want to send another email and ask if she got the first one, but I feel like I’m coming off as annoying and overeager. So… how much correspondence do you expect to have with a new employee before their start date? Am I pissing her off? Should I resend the last email? I just don’t want to make an awkward situation before I even start!
Post # 3
@QueenOfSerendip: Are your questions urgent issues that need to be addressed prior to your first day? If not, then I would stop emailing her. I’m not in HR, but I’ve hired employees before and, as a supervisor, I don’t mind a little contact with my future employee during that time period (it shows you are excited) but I’m also busy with lots of other things. If you have questions that absolutely MUST be answered before you start, I’d either coordinate directly with someone in HR or save them all and email them all together, not as you think of them.
Post # 4
@QueenOfSerendip: Some contact is appropriate. But try to save your questions and send all at once. If you are emailing and/or calling every day you are likely to come off as “high maintenance” and that’s not the foot you want to start on. If you absolutely need to know, try and direct your questions to HR. As an HR Coordinator I know I’m more used to dealing with all of the pre-employment/on-boarding questions than the managers are so I have more patience for it. If the questions are not pressing, write them down and just go through them during your orientation process after you start.
Post # 5
@Jen041815: Thanks! I can be a little antsy and overeager sometimes, haha I think I just need to tone it down. The question really wasn’t terribly important, so I’ll just let it go.