For any company, the hiring process is a sensitive and complicated one. Here we discuss how to communicate expectations to employees.
When you finally find a new employee that meets your standards, it’s important to make sure they know what they’re getting into before signing on.
Communication can be tricky – but don’t worry. Here are the best ways to communicate with new hires, so everyone knows exactly what they’re in for.
1. Don’t Be Vague
It’s great to give potential hires an idea of what to expect when they accept your offer, but don’t just say, “it’s really busy here!” or “you’ll have a lot of responsibility.” You need to provide specific details in the form of a job description for example. Tell them the most hectic time of year is X and that they will be expected to pick up Y additional projects during that time.
Let them know how many hours you typically work in a day if it differs from their previous job experience. Good communication is key in any good employer-employee relationship. Make sure new hires feel comfortable with their role by providing solid information about what they can expect when working for you.
2. Set Clear Boundaries
Your new hire should also be aware of your expectations regarding their personal life. Let them know if you expect them to check work emails on the weekends or answer calls after hours, which should be in line with government guidelines of course.
Establishing boundaries from the get-go will help avoid any misunderstandings down the road. It’s important to be respectful of your employee’s work-life balance and time outside of work, but they also need to understand that there are some expectations when working for your company.
3. Give a Realistic Job Overview
It’s tempting to paint a perfect picture of the job during the interview process, but don’t do that to your new hire. Instead, emphasize what they can expect after starting to work on your team. Outline your reasons to write up an employee. Show them what you are all about while also being realistic about the daily tasks expected of them. Not only does this help potential hires see if it’s a good fit for both parties, but it reassures current employees that you’re not expecting something of them that is unrealistic or not in their job description.
4. Set Goals
Once you’ve provided proper communication about your expectations to new hires, ensure they know how to achieve success and grow with your company. Let them set short-term goals and then meet regularly to discuss any roadblocks along the way. This allows your new hire to get acclimated at their own pace and feel like they’re doing their job well and meeting your expectations.
Additionally, it’s a good reminder for you as an employer to stay on top of goals and stay organized when it comes to employee development. This will help everyone feel like they’re on the same page and working towards a common goal.
5. Be Understanding
Finally, don’t forget that it takes time to adjust to a new job. If your new hire is having trouble acclimating or getting used to certain tasks, remind them that it is completely normal and acceptable. Give them the benefit of the doubt – after all, they just started and you want them to be happy and healthy at work. Be patient with any bumps in the road and offer help when necessary. This will help your new hire get into the swing of things while also reassuring them that they don’t need to adjust immediately.
Communication is key in keeping employees happy and productive, so make sure you’re setting proper expectations for your team from the beginning also in writing. This will keep everyone on track and prevent potential misunderstandings down the line. New hires should know what’s expected of them and how they can best succeed in their role. Establishing clear boundaries and goals will help them feel confident in their new position. Finally, be understanding and patient as they adjust to their new job. With professional and effective communication, you and your new hire can have a successful working relationship.
- I am an Online Media & PR strategist at ClickDo Ltd. & SeekaHost Ltd. and a Blogger and Educator by Passion. I am also a contributor to many News, Business, Education and Lifestyle Blogs in the United Kingdom. I have completed a journalism summer course at the London School of Journalism and manage various blogs.
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