There’s a learning curve for all new employees—it takes time to acclimate to a new environment. But there are steps you can take as an employer to help new hires achieve success on the job sooner rather than later. Because retention is so important to a quality workforce and the bottom line, it’s important to take onboarding seriously.
Here are three tips for making sure your new hires are successful within the first 10 days.
1. Give your new employees undivided attention.
A new employee is naturally going to have many questions and concerns. Making sure new hires have the undivided attention of their managers is essential in helping them make a smooth transition into their new roles. Set aside the time needed to provide new employees will all the necessary paperwork and training. Give new members of your team special attention to show you care about their success.
2. Share elements of company culture.
Most new employees will be nervous during their first week on the job, and they won’t know what to expect. During their first few days, make sure to expose them to aspects of your company’s culture, like team lunch meetings or casual Fridays. Making new hires aware of company policies and benefits can make them more comfortable about their first week on the job.
3. Schedule one-on-one time to connect.
Following the initial onboarding process, be sure to set aside one-on-one time with new employees to connect and see how they’re doing. Ideally, these types of meetings would be held every few months or so to check in and address any concerns. Scheduling these check-ups will allow new employees the opportunity to receive feedback from their managers and also ask questions or express concerns.
Your new employees should try their best to make a positive first impression on their managers, but it’s equally important for you to make a positive impression on your new employees. Investing in your new hires can lead to a fruitful long-term relationship in which both parties benefit.