Selecting the best candidate to fill a job opening is exhausting. After rounds of interviews and internal debates about whom to hire, the process reaches a climax when the preferred candidate happily accepts the position.
Good, you can check that off your list. Just don’t get too comfortable.
Some managers overlook the crucial stage after they say, “You’re hired.” That’s when you need to pave the way for the newcomer to succeed.
Follow these steps to lay the groundwork for a new hire’s smooth start:
Prep your team. Let your current employees know who’s coming aboard and why. Workers dislike being blind-sided by a stranger who suddenly shows up in the next cubicle.
Assess your orientation. Don’t assume new employee orientation programs always serve their purpose. Asking newcomers to spend Day One watching introductory videos in a dark room and meeting with Human Resources to fill out forms isn’t exactly exciting—or productive.
It’s better to give them a tour of the facility. Introduce them to key employees in all departments. Take frequent breaks to review the role (and names!) of the people the newcomer just met. Also, discuss who’s at the next stop on the tour.
Set short-term goals. To spur the new hire to produce quickly, establish measurable outputs for the first few weeks. Make sure the goals are achievable and the employee has the tools and knowledge to spring into action.