To Successfully Incorporate A New Member Into Your Team
© 2002 Kathi Graham-Leviss
times, adding a new employee to the mix can be difficult.
Even when hiring a person who is fully qualified to perform
in the fashion you need, there will be an adjustment period.
Getting used to how things are done at your company - and
getting used to communicating well with new people - takes
Learning what to expect from a new environment can be
stressful for a new hire. As a leader, there are
specific actions you can take to ensure the transition is
successful and a positive experience for everyone involved.
Be A Good Role Model
This sounds cliché, but in reality, it is vitally
important. The new hire will be looking for an example
to follow. That example should come from you.
Since showing makes a greater impression that telling, make
a point to display the qualities of: responsibility,
cooperation, and team unity. This will demonstrate
excellence, and provide a baseline of expected behavior for
your new team member.
Especially in the first month of employment, ensure that
tasks are completely understood, are supervised (either
directly or indirectly), and are accomplished with the
expected results. To do this, you will need several
tools in your arsenal.
It is essential to clearly define the job responsibilities
with a written job description. This should include
the expectations of the job.
In addition, you, as the manager, should not only understand
your own behavioral style, but also that of your new hire.
This will help in numerous ways, including defining the
motivational triggers of the new employee, and how the new
employee likes to be managed based on his or her behavioral
For a short time, you might consider creating a checklist
for each task. As you cover each area of the project
with your new hire, mark the item off your list. Make
a point to ask if the new employee has any questions
regarding the tasks, what resources are available within the
company to complete the project, and which departments might
offer assistance. Also, track how the communication is
working and make adjustments when needed.
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Train People As A Team
When conducting training, incorporate the entire team.
Being a new employee creates an immediate damper on one's
self-confidence. When that new hire is singled out,
the rift between "them" and "me" widens.
Everyone can use a review of company resources, expected
protocol and policies and procedures.
Whenever possible, include all team members in training
Making Sound and Timely Decisions
Those new to your team will be dependant on you for
knowledge, focus and clarity. When managers waiver in
their decision making, or when decisions are handed down
with proper timing, it sends a message of confusion and lack
of organization. Before announcing your decisions on a
given matter, take the time you need to ensure these
decisions are both sound and timely.
With proper time and some guidance from you, your new hire
will soon be flourishing in his/her position. You'll
find a productive member of your team that contributes, and
helps to build a more valuable workplace for all on the
Kathi Graham-Leviss is Certified Coach and Behavioral
Analyst who assists companies with defining and developing
their Human Resource practices. Visit her Web site
today for additional information on the 4-Step Hiring
Process and DISC Behavioral Assessments. http://www.xbcoaching.com
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