Give star employees a jump start

By all means, this is not a simple task. A lot of time, effort and resources go into recruiting and hiring the right employee. But even after they’ve accepted the job offer, there is a lot of work to be done to help ensure the employee is properly engaged and able to meet performance expectations. During the first few month of employment, employees will be drawing conclusions about the job, company, manager, and co-workers. Their experience during this time is the foundation on which the employment relationship will be built. Not only is it important to welcome new employees into the organization and familiarize them with their job responsibilities, but they should also be given a background of the company’s culture and expectations, as well as, the tools and resources necessary to help them succeed.

Many companies have orientation or onboarding programs that help to get employees off to a good start. However, some organizations could and should be doing more to help their employees be successful. Below are a few points to keep in mind when new employees join your team:

1. Start introductions early. 

Once the applicant accepts your job offer and any post-offer screening is completed, the process of welcoming and introducing the new hire begins. Consider having their manager send a letter or email to the new employee expressing excitement their arrival. The manager should also maintain open and regular communication with the employee and answer any questions they may have. Also, don’t forget to inform existing employees of the new hire’s start date so that they can be prepared to appropriately welcome their new team member.

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