The Secret to Managing New Employees
As a business owner or manager, building a strong team of employees is essential to your success. Making the hire, however, is only half the battle. Once you have found a talented individual to join your force, you have to make sure that they are properly trained and get the necessary support to help them excel.
Here are some management tips that will ensure your new employee is successful and happy in their new position.
Making the New Employee Feel Comfortable
For any new employee, no matter what level they are at, feeling like they are a part of the company can take some time. Before he or she can get into full swing, the new employee has to gain the trust and support of the team.
Depending on the person, this timeframe can vary. As a manager, you should keep in mind the personality of your team when making a hire. Think about what kind of individual is going to work well with the other employees and help balance out the group. Create opportunities for the team to work together.
Allowing the New Employee to Learn at His or Her Own Pace
If you hire smart, driven and competent employees, they will learn. As a manager, one of the worst things you can do is pressure the employee to move at a faster pace. Work to provide your employees with all the resources that will help them succeed. Be confident in your hire and their ability to learn. Everyone learns at their own pace and in their own way.
Setting Realistic Goals
You never want to tell your new team member that they are going to make x amount of dollars their first year when they are only going to make 60% of that number. This shows bad leadership and will leave the employee questioning your honesty and integrity. If you continually do this, you will gain a poor reputation among your subordinates and the business will fail to run on all cylinders.
Being Open Regarding the Financial Health of the Company
Our recruiting firm gets calls from companies that claim that they are doing 20m a year when they are clearly not doing a fraction of the aforementioned amount. For a new employee, upon realization of the company not making what was initially claimed (and they will find out), trust is lost and they begin to question your integrity.
Upon hiring, be open about the current finances of the company and its subsequent fiscal goals. This will give your new team member something more tangible to reach for. Also, it will answer the new prospect’s questions as to why he or she is receiving a particular offer.
If you attempt to keep everyone in the dark about the fiscal health (or lack thereof) of the corp., upon landing a deal, the employee will have no idea whether the account landed is helpful to the organization or is just a drop in the bucket. If it is the former, they should have reason to feel good about themselves. This is the type of atmosphere that you ought to strive to cultivate.
Allowing the Employee to Wear Multiple Hats
If you allow your new hire to learn all relevant aspects of the business, he or she will be more engaged in their everyday duties and will be able to step up to more responsibility when necessary.
As a team leader, it is your job to consistently challenge your team both professionally and intellectually. Failure to do so can leave you open to costly turnovers.
Making a Performance Based Package That Lends Itself to Both Parties Making Money
When building a team, you always want to give incentives for hard work and corporate contribution. There is nothing less motivating than going to work everyday only to do the same task(s) and make the same amount of money.