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How to set your new employee up for success

Jakkii says: Recently, I’ve had a few people share stories with me about starting at a new job in the midst of a pandemic, and how challenging it can be when either everyone or large parts of your team – and, indeed, your entire workplace – are working from home. Who do you go to for which things? Where do you find the information you need? What’s the best method for asking quick questions? And how do you get to know your team and, even harder, build relationships with key people across the business?

It’s easy to overlook the additional challenges of getting off to a good start when you’re not all co-located, and particularly when teams and/or companies haven’t explicitly designed an onboarding experience that accounts for remote and hybrid working. And, even when they have, they’re not necessarily simple challenges to solve. How do you fill in the gaps of casual interaction, of being immersed in the conversations and goings on around you that can offer us more intel than we often realise? How do we ensure our people are equipped to build relationships remotely, and in touch with the right people? And, of course, there are larger questions about whether the organisation’s culture itself is fit-for-purpose when teams are distributed and dispersed.

While there are many things to consider, not all of these are in our direct control. But as leaders, we do have direct influence over the experience of our new hires, and this article has a 5-step approach that anyone can implement to help ensure their new employee gets off to a good start and is able to hit the ground running.

The 5 steps are:

  1. Match the new hire with a peer buddy;

  2. help the new hire build a social network;

  3. set up employee onboarding check-ins once a month for the new hire’s first six months;

  4. encourage open dialogue; and

  5. meet your new hires on their first day.

How straightforward is that! If anything on there is surprising or revolutionary, well, your organisation might not be as prepared as it can be for supporting both leaders and new employees. But even if it all seems very familiar, I encourage you to make extra sure you’re doing these things with your new employees when you’re not all working together in the office.

There’s plenty more you can do, as well, like being very clear as a team about how you work together with clear guidelines and agreed expectations, especially being explicit about when you’re available, how best to reach one another, and expected response times. But sometimes just having a simple action plan like this one that anyone can implement – and actually implementing and following through with it – is enough to make a significant difference in your new employee’s experience of work and the time it takes them to get up to speed.

I’d love to hear your thoughts! Do you use something like this already? Anything you’d add? Or, if you try this with your next hire, I’d love to hear how it goes for you. Let me know in the comments or on social media.

Read: https://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/heres-how-google-knows-in-less-than-5-minutes-if-a-new-employee-will-get-off-to-perfect-start.html

Friday Fives

Hybrid workplace

Remote work and the digital workplace

Communication, collaboration, engagement, and culture

Community management, moderation and misinformation

Bonus: QAnon channels delete their own YouTube videos to evade punishment

Privacy and data

Big Tech

Social media

Bonus: Open for a surprise: The endearing results of Twitter’s new image crop

Extras

This is interesting: The weird science of the placebo effect keeps getting more interesting

Things that make you go hmmm: Politician’s Zoom background can’t hide fact that he’s actually driving

Space: Perseverance: meet the driver who navigates the Mars rover

Podcast: Eat Sleep Work Repeat: No opting out – the realities of politics in the workplace

Friday playlist: Your favourite coffeehouse

Sydney Business Insights – The Future, This Week Podcast

This week: Basecamp banning employees having political and societal discussions at work points to new challenges for leaders deciding what their business stands for.

Sandra Peter (Sydney Business Insights) and Kai Riemer (Digital Disruption Research Group) meet once a week to put their own spin on news that is impacting the future of business in The Future, This Week.

The stories this week

09:56 – A tech company bans employees from talking politics at work

Listen: https://sbi.sydney.edu.au/politics-at-work-on-the-future-this-week/


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