Four Steps for Leading the Newbie

Congratulations! Your budget has been approved and soon you’ll be adding a new employee to your department.
Not only is this an exciting time for you, but it will also be an incredibly exciting time for your new hire. It’s your responsibility to make sure that enthusiastic beginner eventually develops into an empowered expert.
To start the relationship off right, and set your newbie up for success, follow these four steps:

  1. Establish Clear Goals
    Make sure your new hire knows exactly what is expected of him. Set goals that are:
    pecific and measurable, Motivating, Attainable, Relevant, Trackable and timebound.
  2. Teach Them How
    Sure, your newbie has transferable skills, but he’s new to this role. Show him what a good job looks like and how to do it. Lucky for you, he’ll be eager to learn.
  3. Monitor Progress
    Keep him on track by regularly checking in on his progress. If he encounters any obstacles, you’ll want to know right away so that you can help him overcome them.
  4. Give Feedback
    Provide specific, timely feedback on his results. Boost his confidence by letting him know when he’s performed well. And, show him you care by redirecting him on a task that could be improved upon.

As your new hire’s confidence and competence continues to grow, you’ll need to adjust your style. But use these four steps to get started on the right foot.
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