Thursday, April 17, 2014

How To Make Sure Your New Employees Have Correct Job Expectations

By Maryl Joop

Hiring a new employee is usually an exciting experience, for both parties involved. As an employer, you are obviously looking forward to utilizing the new hire for all the reasons that you hired her in the first place; and your new employee is probably eager to begin a new step in her career.

Being a team player and knowledgeable enough to provide adequate training will be a full-time job. There are steps you need to take to make sure that the first day and first week of any new employee is successful. We suggest a few of the best practices to follow when onboarding new employees.

Onboarding Tricks To prepare for the first day of new hire orientation, there are a few basic questions to ask. How many individuals will you be hiring today? How many will be attending the training? If there are overlaps in the departments, can I do breakout groups? What paperwork is required of all new hires? What training is important? Being able to answer a few of the basic questions that arise during the first days is important. Not only for your team internally but for the new hire. In addition, there are several things you need to round up:

If you don't take the time to do this, then you shouldn't be surprised when they show up to work with wild ideas about what their job entails.

Getting the new bodies in the door, trained, and ready to do their job is what you are all about. Knowing that you are just as smart as the applicant screening software will drive you. Being able to have self-sufficient employees is totally based on the tools provided to them. Your enable those new hires to do a good job when you prep their first week. Don't let things fall to the wayside, even if you do new hire orientation weekly. Every employee is important to the company.

Setting up for success does require training, but it also requires that you bet your potential employees. Here are some advisable options to use when making a hiring decision:

Specific Skills If you hire someone who doesn't have the specific skill set that you need, then that's on you. Maybe you use Excel a lot in your office: don't forget to include that specific skill in your list of job expectations. What if you expect a new employee to have specific construction skills? Outline all necessary skills in the hiring process, so you don't have to spend valuable time and money on training an inexperienced employee.

Second, write them out a plan or schedule. Not just during the first week is it important to have direction on the job. Being able to provide clear outlines of weekly or monthly goals will enable the employee to be successful and meet your needs.

Next, do not neglect to introduce them to the office. No matter the size of your company, it is important for everyone to be acquainted with the new face. Being able to meet everyone will also help your employee start creating a network and eventually making friends. And what would work be if you hated everyone you worked with?

If you don't think you're a very strong interviewer, come up with a list of questions to read, and make an outline of the job expectations so you don't forget anything. A thorough interview can also be enhanced with good applicant screening software.

Getting the right people is doing better than throwing out an online rental application for the short-term employee. Hire smart, hire for keeps, and do what you can to keep employees. Being a team player, training them to do their job, and having a fun culture will keep your employees happy.

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