First impressions are fundamental and starting new activities well is extremely important. The idiom ‘to get off on the wrong foot’ can help describe relationships that started badly. Orientation and Onboarding processes ensure that a new hire will start delivering results as quickly as possible. Many feel it is solely the HR Department’s responsibility but in reality a direct report’s Onboarding experience is just as much the direct manager’s job to make sure that his people feel welcome and know what they are expected to do. If this does not happen, then the newbie will get off on the wrong foot! Take a look at the video to learn the origin of this expression and to discover a few examples in context.
Examples in Context:
The new manager took a very aggressive approach with his team. He got off on the wrong foot.
The finance team had the kickoff meeting for the project. They seem to have gotten off on the right foot.
Can we set up our first one-on-one? I want to explain the rules of the game to you. I would not want to get off on the wrong foot.