It’s no myth that certain times of the year are better than others for job seekers and employers alike.
A recent study by Executives Online shows that January, for example, is one of the worst months for hiring new staff, while October is among the best.
However, as a manager myself I know all too well that hiring a talented new employee is only half the battle. Keeping them happy is even more important and this means spending time – and money – to ensure everything is right from day one.
So, with October just around the corner and hiring season upon us, here are my three tips to help ensure your new recruit’s first day is a success.
1. Make introductions a social process
When new starters first arrive, they generally get a brief introduction to fellow team members, before a standard, whirlwind tour of the building. However, you should ensure that “newbies” spend at least half an hour with their fellow team members, just so that they can get to know them. It’s also worth assigning one member of your team to act as a “buddy” to the new starter. This goes a long way to helping a new starter feel like part of the team, rather than somebody on the outside looking in.
Finally, it’s important to schedule a series of short meetings for the employee with key personnel within the company over the first week or two. This helps to make the new starter feel valued.
2. Have the workspace and equipment ready and waiting
Another important thing to bear in mind is equipment. The last thing you want is for your new starter to arrive on their first day to a laptop from the lost and found box that breaks down every five minutes. When I take on a new member, I make sure they have everything they need to attack their role as soon as possible.
But it’s not just about setting the “newbie” to work the moment they sit down. It sends out a strong message to your employee by having everything they need already in place, connected up and ready to go. It shows that their arrival has been well planned for in advance. This can go a long way to fostering a sense of loyalty and mutual appreciation early on.
3. Prepare an induction and development plan
I can’t overstate the importance of having a comprehensive induction and development plan in place before your new team member arrives. The induction aspect should take place over the first week, with development spanning each quarter going forward.
You should create a personal development plan (PDP) which highlights the expectations of both your company and your employee while setting out training and other less formal milestones. This way both of you remain up to date with what’s already been covered, what needs more work, and what there is left to do.
These are just a few key things that I try to remember when bringing a new team member aboard. Of course, there are more and most organisations have their own way of doing things, but I’ve always found these to be a solid foundation.