Handling new employees in an office takes effort, time and lots of patience. The entire training process is tedious and lengthy- both for the employer and the new employee. The employer requires explaining minute details- like company procedures, policies, the expectations from the employee, evaluations, the work processes and many more. Add to that; the effort required to understand each employee as each one is different from the other. That is undoubtedly tedious!
As such, to handle a new employee and train him/her for the job, the employer should keep the following things in mind for the best of both:
Lend an Ear to their Ideas
New employees too, can add to the company’s work processes- they might come out with an innovative idea which may give you better results than the process you are following now! As such, it is essential to be open to their views even as you train them. This also encourages the employee to perform better, understand their value and increases creativity at their end. Though you don’t have to accept and implement their ideas for immediate change, you can get an idea of something new, and you definitely should listen to them!
Focus on Senior Employees
As you train and focus on the new employees, don’t forget the older and experienced batch in your office. Employees are a valuable resource for a company. you need to cater to both the old and the new to create a collaborate and an efficient working environment in the office. introduce the new batch to the old and create effective mix sessions to communicate and improve creativity.
Mentoring the New
Give value to the old batch by assigning them to mentor the new employees on work processes. This will make the senior flock feel valued, and there will be better communication and coordination among both. A sense of camaraderie and team spirit will also develop in the office, and you won’t have to spend long hours of daily training with the new flock.
Assign Realistic Goals
Don’t set aggressive goals to the newer batch; this might pressure them in the first day itself! Set realistic and specific goals, giving detailed assessments and tasks to the new employees for each day. This way, you can start with mini goals and targets for each day, and once they are comfortable, you can introduce bigger goals to the list.
Feedback is necessary. Newer employees in the office require regular feedback about their work and ideas. This also ensures you correct their mistakes immediately to make them prevent for recurring at work. Always ensure the feedback is positive and suggest changes whenever necessary. Focus on the behaviour, not on the employee.
Be fair and kind to each employee, be it new or old. Each employee must be treated the same way as favouritism always destroys the office environment and causes a rift between the new and past employees. Also, highlighting favouritism leads to the employees running for attention and brings in competition among the same team members.
Rewards and Celebrations of Employees
Employees must be rewarded and celebrated to encourage them for better performances. Awards don’t mean favouritism; it is a form of encouragement for the employee. As the new employee would be super fast in accomplishing the goal set for him/her, celebrate the success and also increase their goals further. Additionally, it is also essential that team performance along with the star performer is honoured to bring in a functional working space for all.