You’ve found the perfect fit for a role – now what? An employees’ first 90 days can make or break their time with you. But there’s plenty you can do to not only prevent the loss of a new employee but to get them up and running quickly. While finding the perfect fit for your team may have been difficult, don’t lose momentum once they sign on the dotted line.
Let’s start from the beginning:
Organize your onboarding process.
Who’s in charge of onboarding – HR? Management? Online courses? Either way, make sure that you and the rest of your team are on the same page. Get the boring paperwork out of the way and dive into training.
Don’t forget: some of the things you do on a day-to-day basis may not be so clear to a newcomer. Show them everything, take them on a tour, and give them the freedom to ask for anything they may need!
Make them feel welcome.
Before your new employee’s first day, be sure to keep them in the loop. First days are nerve-wracking enough – make them feel prepared, welcomed, and confident walking through the doors on day one.
Be sure to have their workspace together before they arrive and have tech support there in case you run into any issues.
On their first day, clear some time in your schedule to make your new employee feel welcome – maybe even take the entire team out to lunch. Open up a line of communication right off the bat in order to make everyone feel comfortable with the new routine.
Keep in touch.
Create a process for touching base with your new employee and remember that not every employee works in the same way. Learn what works best for you and your new hire. Weekly touch-base meetings may seem overboard to you, but to your new hire, it may make all the difference.
Teach them, but trust them.
Of course everyone needs to learn the ropes, but remember that you hired this person for a reason. Don’t spend too much time looming over them and constantly tell them the exact ways things are done, because maybe they can bring some fresh ideas that will be good for your company.
Give them the freedom they need to succeed in their new role. You’ll be glad you did.
Hold a 90-day review.
According to BambooHR, 31% of new hires leave within six months of starting a new job. Make sure to hold a 90-day review so you can ensure your star employee is on the right track. While you’re at it, open the floor for suggestions, questions, and concerns. An open line of communication is best for everyone, and the last thing you want is to lose an employee after spending so much time and attention on the new hire process.