The #1 wish of new hires
Now this may be an over-generalization, but the number one wish of new hires is to be right about their decision to join your company.
- First: No one likes being wrong, especially when it’s about such an important decision that could impact your entire family, where you live, how financially comfortable you would be, and/or the ability to cover necessary medical expenses.
According to Gallup’s 2017 American Workplace Report, employees come into a role wanting frequent communication with their manager, development opportunities, flexibility and autonomy, coaching and a sense of stability and security. Click suggests that the hiring managers address each item from the list below with every new hire to the organization. Why? Because it provides a clear understanding between the new hire and the manager just what their expectations are with each.
This is what you should be asking your new hires:
- How often is frequent communication with your manager? Is a one-hour, in-person meeting once a week with your manager enough?
- What kind of development opportunities do you want? Are these online tutorials, local college classes, or having a mentor at the company?
- What are you looking for in terms of flexibility and autonomy? Are there certain hours you can’t work? And what decisions do you believe you must make yourself?
- When it comes to coaching, do you want someone in addition to your manager to coach you? Are there particular wants or needs that you want coaching on?
- How can we help provide a sense of stability and security? Would ensuring management walks our department through the monthly and/or quarterly report help?
If only it could be as easy as waving a magic wand to have our new hires stick with us for the longer-term! In reality, though, each of us – as HR professionals – have the opportunity to grant this particular wish, sans a magic wand, pixie dust or even a rabbit in a black hat. Fortunately, companies are realizing more and more that their most valuable asset is their people. Providing new hires with an unforgettable onboarding experience and connecting with them throughout their first 12 months will enable a much higher retention rate.
When you’re ready to focus on people and let the process run itself, we’re just a click away.