Employer Advice: Managing a New Hire’s Transition
Transitioning a new hire within your business can be tricky. Providing too little information: you’ll run the risk of affecting their performance; and too much information: they may feel overwhelmed or even unable to move from their comfort zone.
The transition period is an important time for new hires to test the waters. It is the best way for a new employee to get to grips with their responsibilities, and for you, a business owner, a good way of knowing if they are fit for the job.
As an employer, there are many things you can do to help make the transition run as smoothly as possible.
Here are some suggestions for getting the new employee off to a good start:
Introduce the New Hire
Make sure to introduce the new employee to the right people on the first day. If your organisation is not too large, consider creating a company directory complete with pictures of employees. Also, introduce them to office dynamics – when it’s acceptable to take breaks, who to ask if they need assistance, and what the company culture is like.
Conduct a ‘Where You Fit’ Meeting
A one-two–one or department meeting will help the new employee to understand their place in the company’s structure, and how what they do affects the entire operation. This will help instil a sense of pride and a better understanding of the business as a whole.
Companies with employee mentoring programmes find that their staff form better relationships and are more comfortable in their jobs. Mentoring programmes simplify the transitioning process on a number of levels: new hires are connected with an employee who is already on their team, they will be more comfortable asking questions, and they will benefit from fostering relationships early on.
Invest the time and resources to train and coach your new hire. This should include providing an overview of the company, including products and services, a history, where you are in the marketplace, competitors, and an overview of their expected work flow.