Check out cool inspirational note new hires get on their first day at Apple

By , May 7, 2012

Like other companies, even Apple from time to time gets into motivation talk mode in order to get the best out of their employees. A year ago, they slipped a little note to their retails staff to remind them what’s so special about working in an Apple Store.

Today, we get another insight into Apple’s morale-boosting practices.

So, fancy yourself as a new Apple hire. It’s your first day on the job and your arrive at 1 Infinite Loop for work. Bursting with enthusiasm, you find the following note sitting on your desk…

The note, courtesy of Instagram user “M” (via The New York Times columnist and lead writer Nick Bilton), reads:

There’s work and there’s your life’s work.

The kind of work that has your fingerprints all over it. The kind of work that you’d never compromise on. That you’d sacrifice a weekend for. You can do that kind of work at Apple. People don’t come here to play it safe. They come here to swim in the deep end.

They want their work to add up to something.

Something big. Something that couldn’t happen anywhere else.

Welcome to Apple.

And here’s the image.

The message reminds me of this Steve Jobs quote:

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.

I think the note conveys a clever message that helps new hires acclimatize to their new work environment while setting the right tone on their first day at work.

Too bad I never got one of these.

If I wanted to be cynical, I’d say the note also hints that employees are to work hard, but I’m positive this very mindset has actually helped Apple achieve great things over the years.

What did you think of the note?

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  • http://djterm.de/ Robo Term

    and what about new hires at apple’s retail stores? do they get the same notes?

    • Kok Hean

      They are probably just thrown the blue uniform and told to smile at people.

      Yes, I’m kidding.

    • http://twitter.com/MCaudebec Maxim∑

      Yes they get little notes. I saw them, they have a little Silver apple logo closing the letter :)

      • http://djterm.de/ Robo Term

        There’s the Apple Retail credo inside.

  • Anonymous

    …Love Pinky and The Brain

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=801804921 Gerard Hampton

    Wow so inspirational. if only they were doing something important like curing cancer. I suppose ios6 is important too…

  • http://twitter.com/Dongiuj DonGiuj

    They DO swim in the deep end but quite often have difficulty swimming and cover fingerprints.

  • 5Arete23

    This note would work better for young, unmarried people without children or other significant responsibilities outside work.