It's exciting, scary, a relief and a stressor all at once! What could possibly cause so much excitement all in one package? Why, a new Crew Member, that's what!
A new Crew Member is a new friend, a new team member, a new personality, a new way of doing things. A new Crew Member usually lifts the spirits of current Crew and old habits can die easily when someone new is there with great new habits in tow. New adventures, likely much-needed help with all areas in a department, a new time-demand for the first while and after 3 months, hopefully a new family member who fits, pulls their weight and works well with the owners and the rest of the Crew.
A new Crew Member can also cause a lot of stress if they don't quite see the program for what it is and they can exhaust those that work most closely with them. Therefore, it's important to take the time to ensure a new Crew Member will fit, in more areas than one. A solid job description, a thorough write-up or contract for the position, reference checks and in-person or Skype interviewing can have a huge impact on how closely a match a new Crew Member can be. Taking the time to choose someone who fits in work ethic, personality, experience, etc. will not only save you grief down the road, it will also make a good boat feel great.
Larger yachts have groups, teams and clicks of Crew Members where there are more personalities to combine. With the various departments, many different types of personalities can find their fit and get along on the boat. And hopefully this translates in to a great working relationship and team with successful charters and owner's trips.
Smaller yachts may be tougher to Crew. With a busy program, fewer Crew to carry the weight of that program and fewer personalities to mix and match, it's super important the interests, the personalities and the general feeling on board is of unity.
When the homework is done, the job has been advertised and filled and the new Crew Member is on the way, that feeling of excitement held by Captain and Crew usually includes hope. Here's hoping they're everything you hoped they would be in work ethic, in strong values and in the ability to keep their side of the cabin clean! Welcome your new Crew Member with open arms and enjoy all they can offer.