Helping A New Employee Transition

7K0A0868We recently posted an article about transitioning to a new job, and techniques for new hires that will help them make a successful transition into their new position. But what about the other side of the coin? What about hiring managers who are preparing for a new employee, or maybe even a new grad who has never worked before and is entering their organization?

If you have a new grad or new hire in your organization, there are a few techniques that can help make their transition more successful, allowing for a shorter transition time and more workplace satisfaction.

How to Help a New Hire With The Transition

  1. Get to Know Your New Hire. We’re not just talking about having coffee with them. Yes, of course get to know them on a personal level, but before they even start their first day of work, get to know their background, education, work experience and skill sets. This will help you design an effective training experience.
  2. Take Care of the Administrative Stuff First. Making sure all administrative tasks are complete before training—computer access, employee ID numbers, insurance, and paperwork—allows your trainee to focus on the job at-hand and not the administrative loose ends.
  3. Adopt a Mentor Program. Creating mentors for new hires helps them feel comfortable within the organization and gives them a point of contact should they have any questions about their job or the culture of the organization. Try to create mentor/mentee relationships with like-minded individuals, so the trainee is comfortable with their mentor.
  4. Keep the Training Interactive. Most people learn best through interaction, so keep the training lectures to a minimum and try instead to have the new employee engage in the training with two-way communication.
  5. Make The New Hire Feel Welcome. Be sure to introduce the new hire to all members of the team and help them feel comfortable by giving them a tour of the office. When you introduce them to other employees, try to make connections based on like interests or work experience; for example, “Kathy is from the Midwest also.” This helps create instant rapport.

Bringing a new person on board can be an exciting time! Help ensure their success by getting to know them, helping them with the transition, and making the training as painless as possible.

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