Finding the right person for the job is only half the battle. After you welcome new hires to the team, you have to keep them happy and engaged, because if you don’t, there’s a good chance they’ll leave. Results of a February 2014 study conducted by BambooHR revealed one-third of the approximately 1,000 people surveyed had quit a job within six months of being hired
After devoting a great deal of time, effort and money to the hiring process, the last thing you want is to have to start all over again. Take the proper steps to retain your new hires now, so resigning is the last thing on their minds.
Use these three strategies to help new employees get acclimated.
Schedule Regular Check-Ins
Some new employees won’t hesitate to approach you when they need something, but others are more reserved. Put quick one-on-one meetings with new hires on the calendar to make sure things are going smoothly. If possible, make these check-ins a daily occurrence at first, then decrease their frequency as the person gets situated.
Put Feedback to Work
For many new hires, speaking up about something that isn’t working for them takes a lot of courage, so it’s discouraging when their feedback doesn’t invoke change. When a new employee shares a problem they’re having, this is your chance to step in and make it right. The benefits are two-fold, as your actions will correct the issue and taking the time to address the situation makes the new employee feel like a valued member of the team.
Chances are, their critiques aren’t unique to their situation, so their feedback can also help improve the process for other new employees in the future.
Institute the Buddy System
Adapting to a new company isn’t easy. Learning everything from where the restroom is to how to decoding company-specific acronyms takes time. Help relieve the pressure by pairing each new hire with a seasoned staffer — i.e., buddy — they can go to with questions. This will help them get adjusted faster, and they’ll be much more comfortable approaching a peer with questions than constantly feeling like they’re bothering you.
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