But I am really liking my new job.  Of course, right now, three days in, I'm simply shadowing managers and seeing what it is that they do, reading the policy manual and asking a lot of questions and giving feedback to other employees, starting to build relationships, etc.  I'm surprised at how impressed  my supervisors and my co-workers are with me and how they think I'm going to be really good at this.  

Next week is their monthly New Employee Orientation, where I will learn all about the Direct Service side of things.  Hopefully I will like that as well because I will be required to occasionally step in and fill those shifts if there isn't enough relief staff or if someone is sick.  And right now we have an employee shortage, so we're trying to get quality new hires in the door as soon as possible.  I know I have a tough job ahead of me but I think I can do it.

Also, I told Ryan if I'm assigned a house, I'm totally using my ideas for gamifying education (and that future Ph.D thesis) to test it out on my staff and clients to implement learning in a cooperative and socially positive atmosphere. Of course I also have to make this fit into the "motivating employees" and "minimalizing overtime" boxes so I'm still working out ideas in my brain and some of it will come in to play after I know exactly what I'll be doing.

Which is funny because usually most program managers know where they will tentatively be when they come in.  I am up for one of two, possibly three openings, so right now it's seeing how I like the different programs and getting through training and then sitting down to see where I would be a best fit.  

Meanwhile I will just go along trying to learn and work cooperatively with staff as best as possible.  

 And for now, PJ's, pie and some LOTRO before bed.
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