Common Mistakes to Avoid when Onboarding New Hires



Dec 8, 2018


Do you know that many bosses and managers make fatal mistakes when onboarding new hires? Mistakes that could lead to having those new employees leave within the first six months or fail within 18 months?

You need to onboard the new hires the right way. It will help to build their confidence in your company’s management strategy, help the new hires confirm that they made the right decision, and help them settle faster in their new role.

So, what kind of mistakes that many bosses made when onboarding new hires and how do you avoid it?

1. Didn’t welcome your new hires during their first day at work

Your new hires have just made a big decision to join your company. It is normal for them to feel nervous and jittery during their first day at work. You want to make them feel welcome to build their trust on you as the boss.

Take time to warmly welcome your new hires. Show them around the office, point out the restroom, kitchen, and every other room, not just their workstation.

Help them to navigate the new system and software they have to use and give them some time to set their personal workstation. Treat your employees like customers and gain their trust and respect.

2. Didn’t prepare the current team for this new member

Many bosses and manager fail to let the current team know that a new member is coming their way. This is a huge mistake to avoid. You need to let both parties know about this so they can prepare themselves better.

You can even get the team member to be part of decision-making. Ask for their opinion when you have to choose between two candidates for the position. You also can give both parties specific inquiries about the other party’s interests, hobby, and some personal thing to let them know what is coming their way.

3. Didn’t set up clear expectation on how this new hires should perform their work

Do not make an assumption that your new hire will know what to do exactly with their job and with your expectation.

Be clear about your expectation since day one. Tell them exactly what you expect from them and how their success will be measured.

Let them give you feedback about this. Hear out their plan on how to meet your expectation and planned for a weekly meeting to discuss this matter. This will help the new hires to better understand their role and how not to fail you.

4. Assuming that your new hire is able to fit in right away with the company’s language

Despite the fact that this new hire has been working in the same industry before joining your company didn’t mean that they understand the company’s language.

You need to help them get up to speed. Take time to show them the way of your company, how the people interact with each other, how to address any problem that shows up during the day, how a decision was made, and everything else. Tell them the written and non-written rule.

They will learn the rest of it along the way, but at least you already show the rope so they don’t get lost.

5. Did not provide proper training and support

If you want to have a productive employee, provide the support and training they need since the beginning.

You can create a standard onboarding training program that was tailored specifically for each role. New hires need time to learn about the new roles and the new company they work with. By giving them adequate training, they will be able to level up and do their job better.

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