Your assistant has been busy lately. He isn’t just doing his job; he also is helping the new hire with hers. In addition to showing her the workings of the office coffee machine (obviously the most important part of the job), he has been answering the little questions that crop up every day, as well as the bigger questions such as procedures.
And when the new hire slips up, your assistant never once asks her for her agonizer.
Comfortably guiding a new employee and making her feel welcome in your group is one of many ways that your assistant plays well with others. And that’s something any decent corporate culture needs more of.
Besides, how often do you get to watch Star Trek clips and tell yourself they are helping you be a better team lead?
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