How to get the best out of new employees

welcome new employeesTaking on a new employee is just the starting point. They’ll feel much more comfortable once they’ve had the chance to meet and talk with everyone they’re going to be working with. Whatever a new employee is going to be doing, everyone has a vital role to play in making the business succeed. It’s important for people to feel part of the team.

For small businesses in particular, most training involves learning on the job. You want people working and contributing as soon as possible. That’s the biggest cost of training people — the time it takes for them to become productive. But don’t rush in too quickly. Give them a chance to question the way you do things and come up with new ideas. You might learn something — and it’s another way to help the new employee feel a valued part of the business.

If you’ve already got other employees, involving them in training is a win-win. If you tell someone how good they are at their job and ask them to share what they know with a new employee, they appreciate the recognition.

For inductions to be successful an employer should link it to all the benefits a new employee will receive. Offering the right benefits can be an important part of the package, from helping you attract the right people in the first place to making it more difficult for someone to decide to leave. But everyone is different. You can’t expect the same reward to suit everybody.

You need to understand what makes that individual tick. Some may be motivated by money, or prospects. For others, regular discussions that help to involve them in the business might be the key. The human touch can be just as important. The little things, like treating everyone to coffees from time to time, or remembering their children’s names.

10 ways to get the best out of your employees

  1. Take a genuine interest in the people you work with
  2. Recognise that any new employee, no matter how experienced, will have a lot to learn including the full range of benefits you offer
  3. Accept that not everyone is like you – make the most of their individual talents
  4. Take the time to sit down with employees and get to know them
  5. Really listen to your employees and think about what they say
  6. Accept that everyone makes the odd mistake
  7. Provide training to address any weaknesses or misunderstandings
  8. Deal with persistent underperformance before everyone else gets demotivated
  9. Keep employees informed and explain the reasons for any changes you make
  10. Be upbeat — your own mood sets the tone for everyone working for you

Above all, remember that it’s your employees who will drive the success of your business. It’s critical that employees feel part of the business — they are its heart and soul. You can have the best product in the world, but if you haven’t got people that are passionate about the business the enthusiasm will be missing and the effort diminished as a result.

James Malia, Head of P&MM Employee Benefits

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