In many situations, such as political debates, the first day at a new school, or the first day on a job, making a good first impression is extremely important.
Unfortunately, it’s hard for a newcomer to reliably make a great first impression if other people aren’t already predisposed to like them.
Fortunately, the animal kingdom has provided us with a solution.
Recall, if you will, how people are almost universally predisposed to have warm feelings for a newly-hatched baby bird (Figure 1).
The solution is incredibly obvious: a new student or employee should be introduced to their classmates / coworkers not in the standard fashion (e.g. “This is Zebulon, he’s the new network administrator”) but by hatching them out of a giant egg instead (Figure 2).
As a result of this new employee introduction process, everyone would be predisposed to help the newcomer feel welcome. This is definitely practical, and will almost certainly soon be adopted by schools, corporations, and governments.
PROS: Reduces friction in employee / student / etc. onboarding.
CONS: Requires storing a giant egg somewhere: this might be impractical in situations in which real-estate is at a premium (unless the egg is collapsable or deflatable somehow).
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