- September 22nd, 2014
Congratulations! You’ve had a successful recruitment process, resulting in the hiring of an excellent candidate for a position at your business. Once your new employee has been selected, now begins the next phase: incorporating the employee into your day-to-day business operations through a smooth, efficient transition.
So, you’ve got the guy (or gal)–now what? Here are a few helpful tips for managing a new hire in those first few weeks.
Proper and Thorough Induction
Oftentimes, when a business hires a new employee, particularly one with considerable previous experience, the business hastens through the induction process, or perhaps ignores it completely. To make for the best transition with a new hire, a proper and comprehensive induction is necessary. The best induction ensures that a new hire receives a thorough overview of the business (practices, policies, values, goals) as well as achieves a good grasp of his or her position and related duties. In some cases, training related to health and safety is also necessary for new employees of certain organisations.
A well-devised employee handbook is great for these purposes, but one-on-one induction and training, or even a group orientation, is extremely useful. Different organisations will find that there are a variety of induction methods which can prove effective for new hires. Though the time it takes to perform an induction might feel superfluous and wasteful at the outset, the time spent in induction is always worthwhile, and the result will be a better-equipped, fully prepared employee for your business.
Shadowing or On-the-Job Training
Depending on the position (if it is a complex or newly-created one) or the employee (new to the industry or to the workforce), your company may find that some on-the-job training is required. A current employee or training supervisor may assist the new hire in the first few weeks, helping fully acquaint them to job details, tasks, and procedures. Initially, a new hire might ‘shadow’ a current employee, closely observing and taking notes. The shadowing can then give way to a more hands-on job training, with the new hire completing their tasks under the supervision of a knowledgeable current employee.
This kind of consistent training is very helpful for those new to a position or to your particular industry. With so much to learn and new information to be grasped, it can be helpful to have constant help for those first few weeks on the job. New hires will likely have a myriad of questions, so assisted training ensures they can have someone there to ask, who will assist them in continual skills development and on-the-job improvement. Additionally, this is useful in very complex positions where a new employee could potentially grow frustrated and leave your employment. An approach that closely supports their learning will give a new hire the confidence and patience necessary to be their most successful. This is better for both the employee and your business.
Get Administrative Details Sorted Immediately
No one enjoys the paperwork and administrative details associated with beginning a new job. To help get things rolling for your company and the new hire, it is highly suggested that all administrative tasks be completed as quickly as possible. The new hire should supply all relevant details from their first day or even prior to starting work. This enables full accuracy in terms of payroll, company ID cards, taxes, and more. Getting these details sorted in advance can make for a much smoother process, allowing the new hire to focus fully on doing their best work for the company.
A Warm Welcome
It’s ideal if a new hire can feel welcomed from the start at a new position. This is not always the case, and entering a new position can be intimidating. There is always an adjustment period, to be sure. But it is important that an employee knows that there are open and available lines of communication. Make sure your new hire knows who to speak to if he or she has any concerns or questions. A great suggestion is to provide the new hire with a staff list, and indicate who should be addressed when issues arise. Many companies find that creating a chart showing the hierarchy of positions within a company can be very helpful–a visual way to show the new hire the structure of the company and giving them a better understanding of how the business functions.
Whether you’ve already got the guy or you are still seeking that perfect candidate, On Line Recruitment is ready to help. For all your hiring needs, be sure to contact your employment experts. For both clients and potential candidates, we’re ready to provide you with the tools you need for employment success.