Why Thursday Is The Best Start Date

Whether you just accepted a job offer or hired a new legal professional, you’ll need to schedule a start date. Monday is the start of the work week, so it’s naturally the best day to onboard a new employee, right? Not necessarily.

In fact, Mondays are rarely a good day for a new employee to start a job. Instead, a growing number of law firms and corporations are choosing to have Thursday be a new employee’s first day in the office.

Why Thursdays Instead of Mondays?

From an employee’s perspective, starting a new job any day of the week can be stressful; it can be even more so on a hectic Monday.

Most organizations struggle with being ready to onboard a new employee on a Monday. In addition to making sure the new employee has the technology, systems access, equipment and supplies needed to do their job, the company needs to devote time and resources to providing systems training and orientation to policies and procedures, offer benefits enrollment, facilitate introductions to existing personnel, handle new hire paperwork, and more.

By starting a new employee on a Thursday, there should be less chaos at the office. The week is already in full-swing, allowing existing staff to devote more time and energy to the newest hire’s orientation.

Because stress levels are down all around, the new employee may have a better first impression of the company’s culture. And, instead of drinking from the proverbial fire hose all week long before getting a break, starting on a Thursday allows new workers to ease into their new roles, leaving for the weekend motivated rather than feeling tired and defeated.

How Employers Benefit

Starting new employees on a Thursday rather than a Monday can benefit employers too.

Existing staff charged with getting the new employee up-to-speed will have more time and energy to do so. This means less downtime and improved productivity for your new hire right out of the gate.

The onboarding process also plays a critical role in an employee’s perception of the organization, and ultimately in his or her decision to fully commit to the new job. In fact, according to the Society for Human Resource Management, nearly 17 percent of employees surveyed quit a new job between one-week and three months after starting, and nearly one-third of workers left within six months of their start date. Among those who left, a lack of, or ineffective, onboarding was frequently cited as the reason for quitting.

When employers are deliberate about devoting resources to new hire onboarding, turnover decreases and morale and company culture get a boost. Starting new hires on a Thursday rather than a Monday can help get the employer-employee relationship off to a solid beginning.

Reach out to one of our Directors of Legal Recruiting to learn more about Thursday start dates!

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