Engaged employees from day one: Start with success

Dear A Advisor,

Recently, we’ve been fortunate enough to bring on a few new hires. We’ve already improved our employee engagement throughout our company. Now that we’ve brought on new people, how do we ensure our new hires are engaged and productive from day one?

– Growing Up Fast

Dear Growing Up Fast,

First of all, congratulations on your recent growth and improved employee engagement! By cultivating employee engagement across your organization, you’ve already taken the vital first step to engage and retain new talent.

So what else can you do? Small measures will make all the difference. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Send new hires a personalized card to welcome them to your organization. This is a perfect opportunity to send a message in line with your core values.
  2. Pair your new hire with a buddy—preferably on his or her team. Let your engaged employees become mentors.
  3. Be thorough during the on-boarding process so that your employees are immediately set up for success. A seamless on-boarding will empower employees to take on challenges in their new  workplace.
  4. Schedule a meeting between the team leader and new employees on day one. Prompt the new hire to identify how your company can be improved, and how he or she can help make that happen. There’s no monopoly on good ideas, and your new employee will feel valued and have a sense of ownership from the start.

Building an engaged culture is not as hard as it looks, but it does take manager dedication. Make sure you are starting with the managers and holding them accountable for making employees feel welcome and set up for success. Remember, people leave managers, not companies,

Happy rewarding!

The A Advisor

 

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