Once hired...bring them along

Once hired...bring them along

I have had the opportunity to interview a number of leaders from both non-profit and for-profit organizations. As a part of the conversation I always try to ask about how they or their organization mentors new employees or employees who have been placed in a new position. Almost unanimously the answer is 'we need to do a better job of this.' In one organization I was called into to coach an employee who had just been put in a new position...he was not doing very well. It didn't take long to see why:

  • he did not have a job description
  • no one had communicated expectations of the job
  • no one was assigned to help him understand the new job
  • no plan was implemented for communication between the new employee and supervisor
  • evaluations were always reactions to mistakes
  • positive feedback was non-existent

No matter how competent the employee, he was being set up to fail.

Through these conversations and observations, I have been challenged to establish a plan to help get employees off to a good start.

Through the interview process make sure the employee has the skills to carry out the job

  • communicate the expectations of the job clearly
  • set up meetings, the first few days on the job, between new employees and those he will engage with
  • do all within my power to help the new employee understand the culture of the organization
  • include the new employee in lunches or other social events with peers
  • meet with the new employee on a daily basis for the month, review expectations, making sure I am supporting him as he needs
  • conduct a formal review of the employee every three months for the first year
  • continue weekly one-on-one meetings with employee (I use this time for review performance, goals and training)

Do you have a plan in place to walk beside new employees for their and your benefit?

Have you witnessed examples of organizations of putting an employee in a new position and not offering proper support or evaluation?

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