10 Tips on Successfully Transitioning a New Employee
The first week of employment is critical to transition your new employee into their new role. As an employer you will need to keep the following steps in mind to secure a successful transition.
- Set Aside Time for Orientation
The first day and the first week is critical for transitioning an employee into their new role. Ensure you set aside time to orient the new employee into their new role. This orientation should take place on their first day throughout their first week.
- Introduce to Staff Members
Introduce your new employee to staff members. Let your staff know this new employee is your choice for this position, and ask them to assist with this transition.
- Introduce Them to Their Work Space
Their workspace is of crucial importance. It will consist of a counter, a cubicle or an office. It also includes work resources such a computer, software introduction, passwords, phone extensions, etc.
- Explain Company Culture and Expectations
Have a conversation as to what your organization stands for including your mission, and purpose, company values, history, stories of success, and what is expected of this employee in the coming weeks.
- Give Them Goals to Accomplish on the First Week
Although many companies desire their new employee to dive right into their job and start producing, it is better to set some attainable goals to accomplish on their first week. These goals can be as easy as becoming familiar with their new role, getting acquainted with the new software, office protocol and policy awareness, etc.
- Give Them Time to Develop a Routine
Getting a new employee into a regular routine will take a week or two. Be patient as they are learning to adjust to a new environment, building office relationships and getting to know your process systems, products, services and your clients.
- Allow Them an Open Door Invitation to Ask Questions
Allow a new employee to ask questions by having an “open door” policy or access to someone who can guide and instruct them as they transition into their new role.
- Be Patient as They Transition into Their New Role
Patience is a virtue for all leaders. It means you will be tested, and through this testing, you will need to endure the transitioning process. Some employees catch on quickly and others take a little longer. Eventually, your employee will find a work flow that please them and you. So be patient with the initial process.
- Provide Encouragement and Feedback During Their Transition
It’s human nature for someone to know how they are doing. Ensure you are providing the tools and directives they need to succeed. Encouragement and feedback are two verbal queues required for providing the new employee information about their new role. In addition, allow the new employee to provide feedback without judgement.
10. An Employee Seeks Continuous Engagement and Grooming
Good coaching, employee engagement and continuous training provides an employee the leadership posture required to prosper. If you are looking for longevity in an employee and to keep your hiring to a minimum, provide them weekly articles, and 15 minute coaching tips on a daily basis on how to improve their leadership skills.