Now this may be an over-generalization, but bottom line, new hires wish 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. My suggestion is for the hiring managers to address each item from this list with every new hire, to understand what their expectations are with each. We should be asking 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 &/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 the meantime, best of luck granting their wishes. I hope all your wishes come true, too.