New Employee – Get off to the right start

Ok, so you have been through the arduous task of placing your job advert, sifting throughnew-guy CV’s, selecting people for interview, de-selecting people, having second interviews, checking references and the start day arrives and the new team member is thrown in at the deep end and left to wither and die…

Seems crazy – why would you go to all that trouble to hire the best person and not invest any or insufficient time in ensuring that they become productive for your business immediately.

How many employees have wondered “did I really make the right decision” when left on their own for hours on their first day with only a product brochure to read.

When you hire a new team member, there is no better time to explain your expectations to them, there will be no better time to ingrain your company culture and to explain what they need to do to enhance themselves while doing an excellent job for you.

It’s interesting, most employees get frustarted because they do not fully understand what is expected of them at work. Now is your chance to put that right. Here are 5 things that you should do with each new team member:

1. Make time for them on their fist day and make sure they are introduced properly to the team. Every time you introduce, explain clearly what their role will be and what you expect from them.

2. Sit down with them and explain their job role in detail again and how its success will be measured and also when you will start to see results from them

3. Outline what tasks they need to be completing each day and week (depending on their role) and explain how each part of their role is measured.

4. Go through the company Do’s and Don’ts without assuming anything. This is part of the culture of the business.

5. Explain how you are an organisation that thrives on ownership, accountability and responsibility rather than an environment where blame, excuses and denial are thriving.

This is just the start, the induction needs to be maintained for as long as it takes.

This is particularly important if you are in the process of managing a changing culture in an organisation, if you are faced with lower than satisfactory productivity or if there is an attitudinal epidemic in your organisation.

Never let a new team member become ingrained in the wrong culture. That’s your responsibility.

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Team Rule 1. Hire good staff and keep good staff

In business, your team will be one of the biggest factors in determining your success. They are your responsibility.

To hire good team member it is important to take the following steps:

  1. Decide in advance what the role and duties would be
  2. Decide on the type of person you need, skills, attitude, beliefs, values, ambition etc
  3. Devise a list of questions for the interview that will help determine these.
  4. Get other peoples opinion on the person before you hire – the oerson who met them at reception, your fellow interviewers, fellow team members. Give them all questions to ask
  5. Always check references and do background checks

Most skills can be taught, attitude, beliefs and values take more time. Are you prepared to invest the time.

To keep and develop good team members you need to focus on the following:

  • Be the best leader you can be for your organisation. Learn as much as you can about leadership in small organisations and try to understand how effective leadership could help your team.
  • Have a common purpose or goal and communicate this to the team – make sure that every team member know where the business is headed and make sure that each team member knows how they can affect the success of the business. Remember if you allow for mediocrity that’s what you deserve in your business results.
  • Have an action plan – make sure that all your team are aware of the things you are doing every week on the business and make sure there are actions for them to complete as well within agreed timescales.
  • Have some rules – We like to call it a culture statement – what are the generalised principles that every team members understands and adheres to.
  • Support risk taking within the team. If the team members are working towards the common goals, on the action plan and within the rules of the business, then decisions that they make and risks that the take have to be supported. When people are criticised for making mistakes, they stop making decisions and the business will not grow or it will grow as a result of massive effort from the business owner.
  • Get everyone involved – not just the talkers – everyone has a contribution to make to your business. Just allow and encourage them to do it when they work for you. Your business will benefit.

Remember, you team is your responsibility. You can make them successful. Learn how today…

If you have poor team members – what do you do?

So you’ve got a team member that you wish you did not have. One of the following has  happened:

1. Your hiring system did not pick out the flaws in the character of the individual

2. You did not provide sufficient training for the individual

3. You did not provide the correct leadership for the individual

or it could be a combination of all three. Either way, its your problem and you have to deal with it.

Before you hire your next team member, decide exactly what it is you are looking for, decide on specific goals for them and decide who will manage them. To manage a person properly, you should first understand your own management style. There is no point getting a team member in who like a lot of coaxing and encouragement if you are the type of manager who just wants to issue the instruction and get the response. Its not fair on you or them.

When a new team member starts, they have to be shown the ropes properly and you have to take the time to induct them properly. Otherwise, they will make up their own rules and they will become troublesome. Not their problem but yours!

Most people who for for an employer or manager do so because they want to be a follower rather than a leader. Thats your job and if you are not a natural leader, learn as much as you can about becoming one. Most of the leadership strategies can be learnt, but most people invest little or noting developing the skill. If you are a good leader, giving your team members, clear objectives and guidelines and proceed to hold them accountable, your team will react. They will either react positively or leave quickly – either way you win.

If you want to find out more about building a winning team call Derek on 087 222 0720 today. By the way – there is an old saying “You get the team you deserve” How true is that for you?