Check In with Your New Hires Regularly

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The onboarding process continues well after your new hire's first day. To ensure everything is going smoothly, you'll want to check in with them regularly.

Let’s review some best practices for how to oversee your new hire's work during their first few weeks.

1. Assign work that matters

From the very beginning, put them to work on real projects. Having said that, you should keep individual tasks small and manageable. Help them get their feet wet, without feeling overwhelmed.

2. Kick off on-the-job training immediately

As they begin their work, your employee will require some training. That’s a good thing! Training can include anything from specific processes to how to use an application. No matter how small you start, they will welcome learning new skills on Day One.

4. Encourage questions 

As part of your daily check-ins, clarify that no question is stupid — particularly in the early going. Make sure the new employee understands that you’re there to answer anything that might be on their mind.

5. Offer feedback

It’s vital that you provide clear, honest feedback on your employee’s early work. This will help clarify expectations and set the tone for their output in the weeks and months to come.

6. Ask for feedback, too!

Don’t forget to offer them a chance to reciprocate. Getting feedback on your own performance is just as important as giving feedback on theirs.

Check in with a new hire regularly during their first few weeks:

1. Assign work that matters

2. Kick off on-the-job training immediately

3. Check in daily

4. Encourage questions

5. Offer feedback

6. Ask for feedback, too!

Quiz 1 of 1

Jacob just welcomed Shawna to his team. During daily check-ins with her, he’s encouraged Shawna to ask questions, and exchanged feedback with her. But Shawna doesn’t feel like she has much to do in between these meetings. What should Jacob do?

a
Have her shadow someone else on his team, so that she can see what they do throughout the day.
b
Set up meetings with HR to train Shawna on the project management tool his team uses.
c
Assign meaningful work to Shawna that matters.
d
Assign meaningful work to Shawna that matters, but that is still manageable.

TAKE THE NEXT STEP:

The exact look and feel of your new hire’s first two or three weeks are up to you. But as long as you communicate regularly and openly, you’ll set them up for long-term success.

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