Avoid These 6 Big Mistakes With New Employees.
1. Make sure you’re ready
This might sound silly, but we’ve heard lots of horror stories where a new employee turned up on a Monday morning and there was no desk, no chair and no computer for them to use! Make sure you’ve covered the basics: ensure there’s somebody to greet them and show them around, have their business cards ready, and that they actually have somewhere to sit!
2. Don’t overwhelm them on the first day
Nerves play a big role in the first day of a new job, piling too much information on a new employee can cause unnecessary stress. Providing them with necessary logins and an overview of their department’s hierarchy and status is a good way to introduce them into the company.
3. Establish clear goals
Having clear expectations and goals means your employee can establish what’s expected and give them an overall understanding of where the company and their job role are heading.
Remember, goals should always be S.M.A.R.T
- Results Focused
- Time Bound
59% of new employees leave if time isn’t taken to train and development them. They need to know that progress and growth are available to them.
4. Don’t just leave them to get on with it
64% of new employees leave if they haven’t been given time, training or information to enable to do their jobs properly. Go back through the job spec and discuss any uncertainties they have.
5. Don’t treat them like a dogsbody
73% new employees leave if their skill-set isn’t being utilised. Allow them to stretch themselves as soon as possible.
Less than 18% of employees list money as their key reason for staying in a job – most are more motivated by interesting and challenging work in an environment that they enjoy.
6. Listen to them
A new employee means a fresh perspective. They may spot issues or be able to solve problems in ways you haven’t considered. Ask for their feedback at regular intervals and encourage them to bring issues up at your staff meetings. 66% of employees make moves to leave when they feel that their ideas are not being listened to.
Avoiding these problems will get you off on the right foot with new staff. Of course, you can’t always be certain that people will stay, which is why we offer a three – six month free replacement guarantee. However, 98% of the people we place stay in post for more than a year.