“You’re On Probation”

You probably didn’t say that in so many words, but it’s a common practice to give new folks a 90-day period to ensure that they’re a good fit with your organization. Most often, new hires pass the test. However, there are a few things you can do to ensure their success and make the probationary period feel a little less like…well, probation.

Stay in touch. Newbies typically spend the first couple weeks in the spotlight. When the novelty wears off, everyone goes back to their routines and your new hire might feel a bit adrift. Touch base occasionally just to make sure they’re comfortable and that they’re able to get answers to any questions they may have. They’ll appreciate attention from a familiar quarter!

Assign a mentor. This is a great way to ease new hires through the first 90 days…and beyond. Weekly informal meetings with a peer encourage questions and establish rapport. After 90 days, you can keep the meetings going once a month, then once a quarter, throughout the first year or so.

Keep them engaged. Of course, a new employee is going to have plenty to do. That’s why you hired them! Aside from their regular work, consider a series of special assignments to be completed at the end of 30, 60 and 90 days. Don’t make them especially difficult or time-consuming – they can even be fun. But they’ll give you more insight into how your new hire handles challenges and give them an extra sense of accomplishment.

How about a gift? These days, it may be enough for an employee to know they can get comfortable in their new corporate home. A small token of official welcome seals the deal.  Award Concepts provides custom manufactured jewelry, gift programs, and much more!

And remember that having a new hire is to your advantage. They bring a fresh perspective and new skill sets to the job. They’re eager to prove themselves. They’re more willing to ask questions and take direction than longer-term employees. A little nurturing for 90 days can turn a probation into a honeymoon and lead to a lasting relationship that’s beneficial to everyone!

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