You are hiring new or temporary staffers. You need great people to step right in and get the work done. The first few days on the job are critical to successful new hire orientation and productivity. How can you ensure that your new employee, temporary or not, is getting the right start in your business?
Making It Work from the Start
When it comes to hiring that new employee, getting them in the door is one thing. Getting them on the floor and ready to make money for you is very different. These tips can help ensure that first day goes perfectly.
- Make sure the employee gets to know your company’s culture in a positive manner. He or she needs to know what’s expected of them. Be sure there has been a session that introduces the individual to the company, including an orientation. Even if this is a temporary employee, he or she should feel good about entering the position.
- Set up a time later in the day to chat with the individual. Even on the first day, by stepping in for five minutes to check in with the new hire, he or she feels good about the job. This short meeting, which could even happy over lunch, is not meant to be a review, but just a “how is it going?” type of setting.
- Be sure the person training the individual is mentor-quality. Is there someone who is going to mentor this individual for the first few days? Even once they get the hang of it, does that individual feel comfortable going to that mentor with questions? This creates a fantastic connection for the individual. As a temporary worker, he or she may feel alienated naturally, but with the aid of a mentor, that’s less of a concern.
- Set goals even for the temporary worker. Set some goals about what they will learn and what you would like to see in terms of productivity. Even when the individual is just there for a short time, this can help with motivation, productivity, and even creating a respectful workplace for all involved.
- Treat them fairly, too. It is a good idea to keep the lines of communication open with other employees. Introduce the new person. Be sure that the staff knows that this person is here to help not to take over their hours or position.
Making that first day a success means less need to rehire over and over again. It means that you will find a positive experience from this process. Keep in mind that not every temporary worker will come back for you. If you foster a positive first day, they will want to. Take the time to check out your current first day protocol. What does it provide to your new hires? What message does it send? Most importantly, it needs to foster the firm foothold that these individuals need.
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