How Managers Should Engage New Hires

The first 90 days for employees are crucial to their future success within the company. While they are nervous and a little green, management needs to swoop in to ensure their first impression is a positive one.

Managers should attempt to alleviate fears and make the new employee feel comfortable in their new position. If they pull this off, then the employee will stick around for the long haul which will help improve your bottom line and employee morale.


Engagement Is Essential

Brand new employees tend to be more engaged because they are trying to put their best foot forward and learn the ropes. They are (at this point) still excited about their new position and the company.

Statistics show that 82% of new hires are more engaged in the first year while other employee’s engagement is closer to 75%.

Managers have the ability to enhance their new hire’s experience as they learn their role. In fact, their effort has a direct correlation on the level of results and success the new hire will bring the company.

Management is able to help facilitate better retention for employees. Here are four strategies that will help increase your new hire retention.


Get Social

We live in a social world where people want to feel connected. New jobs are more enjoyable and less stressful if managers will include new hires in staff lunches and activities.

Be sure to introduce them to the entire team. “Sometimes you want to go, where everybody knows their name.” Get social and you’ll retain more team members.


Career Development

Chat with your new hire about their career goals. Help them envision their future with your company while validating and encouraging their desire to grow.

These conversations are critical and enable the employee to envision their growth potential. Further, managers should clearly outline when these goals will be revisited and discussed in order to track success.


Don’t Neglect Training

New hires will appreciate a well-designed training plan. Often, they are thrown into their position, with little training, and flounder about aimlessly. Talk about frustrating and a surefire way to lose them. If you train them, they will stay and make fewer mistakes in the long run.


Survey New Employees

Ask your new hire to complete a confidential survey within the first 12 months of employment. Find out how you are doing as a manager and company, as a whole, by simply going right to the source for the information.

Managers that engage their new hires are able to retain them and ensure their success for the company. Employees with proper training and encouragement will stay longer and be more equipped to achieve the results you want for your business.


Written for us by our associate Gary Sorrell, Sorrell Associates, LLC.

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