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3 Things Every New Employee Needs to Succeed
Adding a new employee to your business can be a daunting task. Integrating them into their role and your existing group presents many possibilities for things to go awry. Since hiring can be such a big investment, you certainly want to set them up for success. Although each employee is different, here are some common things that everyone needs in order to succeed in a new job.
A Chance to Fail
Although your dream employee might hit the ground running, operate all day at maximum capacity and never make a single mistake, most new employees won’t live up to these criteria on the first day on the job. It’s important to keep an open mind during their first several weeks and allow them the chance to fail and learn from their mistakes. Make sure they know they can come to you with questions and problems, and that you’ll listen and take their problems to heart. Employee loyalty can be easily built in those first few weeks. By becoming a trusted advisor who doesn’t scold them while they’re still in the learning phases, you’ll develop a solid relationship and a star worker.
A poor workplace culture can doom the chances of even the best employee. What’s the best way to ensure that your new employee easily integrates into your existing office? Create a coaching culture. Assign them a mentor, make sure all staff members welcome them with open arms and give them any “insider information” that will make them feel like part of the team. With the benefits of a coaching culture being clear, mentors should also play a role in the culture and onboarding process.
Room to Grow
While your new employee will have plenty of new duties and tasks to learn as they begin at your company, make sure you understand what their long-term career goals are. This could range from learning a new piece of software to eventually scaling the ladder into a key leadership role. Employees who feel challenged at work are more engaged and more efficient, and they create an environment where others feel the same. Helping an employee attain any relevant goals creates a win-win situation and a ripple effect within your company.
Bringing a new employee into your company can be a challenge, but by remembering a few key tips, you’ll have a great head start. Make sure to listen, establish a great coaching culture, and give them plenty of opportunities to stretch their wings.