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Posted on Apr 11th 2019
5 Things to Avoid In Your New Hire's First 30 Days
The first 30 days of a new hire's employment can be full of excitement. Not only is it time for the new hire to start learning the ropes. It's also the initial window an organization has to set a new employee up for success, and ensure initial results meet their expectations.
In order to onboard successfully, here are 5 things to avoid during the first 30 days:
Fail to Provide Clear Direction or Feedback
Regardless of whether or not you expect your new hire to set their own pace or if you plan to direct it yourself during their employment, the first 30 days are a trial period for both parties. Consistent communication, including initial direction and feedback on early projects, is vital to ensuring both parties are moving in the same direction and understand what's expected.
This period offers a valuable learning opportunity for both the new employee and their manager. Were expectations of the role in alignment when the offer was accepted? Are there areas the new hire isn't as strong as you thought? What should the company be doing differently in training and onboarding this role in the future?
Isolate Your New Employee
Culture is a critical component to employee satisfaction. Rather than marooning a new hire to an isolated cubicle or office, take the opportunity each day to get them involved.
Between team meetings, standups, orientation, and introductions to executive team members and other departments, there should be no shortage of ways to make your new employee feel like a welcome part of the team.
A Lack of Transparency and Obvious Support
Transparency about your new hire's role and its function, needs, and expectations should go all the way back to your job posting. The first 30 days, however, is where you really get down to brass tacks.
Use this time as an opportunity to get into the weeds of the role. Share stories of what helped other employees achieve success in the position, and the resources that are available to them as they pursue the same.
Be careful to avoid overselling both the challenges and opportunity of the role, and allow your new employee to get a realistic handle on what's ahead.
Don't Ask For Feedback
The first 30 days of employment can be telling about the organization's hiring and onboarding process. Failing to get your new hire's perspective on what they did and did not appreciate or take away from the process is a missed opportunity to improve the process for future hires.
Take Things Too Seriously
Yes, you want your new hire equipped with everything they need to hit the ground running. But amidst all the getting up to speed, don't forget to help them enjoy the process.
Take the opportunity to treat them to lunch and encourage them to enjoy on-site perks. Getting them familiar with everything you do for your people is as important as being clear about what you expect from them.