Onboarding New Team Members
Most leaders spend countless hours and resources recruiting top talent in order to make certain they find the best candidate for the job. However, once the job offer has been extended and the candidate accepts, managers often think their work is done. But "onboarding" employees - by providing them with information about policies, procedures, company goals, culture and work rules - is crucial to ensuring a smooth transition for the new hire.
Implementing these simple onboarding strategies can help you guide new team members and allow them to work to their full potential:
- Define the Essence of the Job. Clearly define the current role by identifying tasks and responsibilities that will be required to complete the job. Establish lines of authority and accountability with supervisors and subordinates.
- Assess Development Needs. Explore the new employee's goals and identify 2-3 areas of focus for development. Implement an action plan that will address those goals, sustain the employee's motivation over time, and allow you to gather feedback and track progress at regular intervals.
- Train and Coach. Explore opportunities for formal classroom training or have new employees work with more experienced colleagues who demonstrate model behavior.