Take Care of Your New Employees

 Having just hired a new employee  has brought back many memories of what it is like being the new kid on the block.  The tasks we take as being simple can be overwhelming to them.  We must remember to be considerate of how they may be feeling during this time of on-boarding and take the extra steps to make them feel welcome and to let them know that you feel they are up to the challenge of all of the new things they have to learn.   Remind them they were picked over all of the rest of the candidates that were interviewed and that you know they have what it takes.

I recently was talking to a friend who just got hired at a law firm and was told that their training program was top-notch.  Once her initial orientation was completed, she has been pretty much left to figure things out for herself.  She has become so disenchanted with what she thought was going to be her dream job.

Management personnel need to be aware that the “honeymoon period” for new hires is so vitally important to keeping those that we hired feeling like valued employees.  It is a proven fact that companies with good, extensive training programs have a higher employee retention rate and happier employees because they know what is expected of them and have been trained to complete it.

Make sure you keep you new hires (and all employees) in the light, knowing that they have been given the best training and tools to complete the jobs that they have been hired to do.

Are your training programs ones that make new hires excited about coming to work each day so that they can learn to be the employee that you and they desire to be?

Here is an article to remind you what not to do to turnoff your new hires.  Encourage them and watch the light switch on as you do!

http://humanresources.about.com/od/orientation/a/top_turnoffs.htm

08/05/14

5 thoughts on “Take Care of Your New Employees

  1. Since I finished college, I have lived in many different cities around the U.S. And I have often worked with temp agencies to get started in a particular place. I know what it’s like to be the new person who is the one being trained. Therefore, I really appreciate this post!

    My experience has taught me that there is a difference between experience and intelligence. An employee might not know what to do because of a lack of experience. But it doesn’t mean the employee lacks intelligence. It just takes the employee time to ask all of those “basic” questions and learn their job well enough so they can be productive on their own.

    • Thank you for your comment Greg, It also takes a good manager to take that new hire under their wing to show them the ropes of their new position, whether they have tons of experience or not. They are new to their job with your company.

  2. We tend to hire for experience and fire for attitude. Better employee experiences happen when this sentence is reversed.

    A study was done by, I believe the University of Michigan, that says only 14% of interviews are done correctly. This means most are rolling the dice when it comes to their new hires.

    What makes your team members tick? What makes you tick? My clients take a comprehensive assessment called TriMetrix HD. I then have them share each others results.

    This tool helps my clients to get where they want to go quicker and with less pain. In fact, it’s fun.

    http://endgamebusiness.com/blog/ill-take-gen-y-for-400-alex/

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