5 Steps to Helping New Employees Find Success
Starting a new job is a stressful experience for any new employee. However, there are things you can do as an employer to help them during the transition. The next time a new employee joins your company, considered these five steps to help them quickly adapt to their new environment and become a happy and productive member of your team:
- Clearly define their role. This is true for any employee, but especially for someone just starting. Understanding their job’s objective will help a new employee to better see their job as a necessary role, and not simply as a series of tasks.
- Give them some background. By helping a new employee understand the context of their job, and where it fits into the company as a whole, they can see their role as a necessary part of the company’s plans for the future. One way to do this is providing a new employee with reading material about the company.
- Focus on training. Some of the most successful companies have specialized induction programs to assist new hires. It makes good business sense to do this when statistics reveal that employees are three times more likely to leave their jobs when they feel they have not been trained well.
- Become better acquainted. Spending time with new employees helps them become better integrated into the work environment. Time spent in casual conversation, getting to know them better is time well spent when it helps a new employee get to know their coworkers and become more comfortable with the office culture.
- Use a buddy system. Assigning new employees with a more senior buddy is a common practice among some large companies. Even a weekly meeting with their buddy helps new employees see the company on a larger scale and opens lines of communication they would not have otherwise been able to develop.