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Lessons learned: New hires

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Managers who get the most from their new hires tell us that they’ve applied these lessons:

Compose an introductory welcome note. To inform everyone at your organization about the new employee, draft an e-mail with the new hire’s bio. Throw in some fun personal stuff (such as the person’s favorite movie or hobby). Before circulating your memo, have the newcomer review and edit it.

Clarify your expectations. Presumably, you covered your performance expectations during the vetting process. But now that the individual has come aboard, collaborate on a document that maps out what you expect over the next month, quarter and year. Then plan weekly or biweekly meetings for the next 30 to 60 days to ensure open communication.

Emphasize organizational values. It’s not enough to say, “Read the handbook.” Underscore the meaning of the core values that shape your culture.

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