Hiring people isn’t an easy task. You don’t want to give just anybody the job. You want to hire someone who is going to do the work, do it well and put in the hours. You want someone who shares in the company’s values, someone who wants to work specifically for your business and who doesn’t see this opportunity simply as a way to pay their rent.
Which is why, when you find that perfect new employee, you want them to stay for as long as you can accommodate them. You want them to become part of the company culture and grow with the business. Because you know that you might not find someone like them without having to search high and low… again. So, if you want new employees to turn into long-term employees, here’s what you need to do.
Train them properly from day one
Don’t just welcome them into the building, show them to their desk and then expect them to know exactly what to do. Even they have amazing experience in the industry, your business probably has different processes and ways of doing things that they are not familiar with. That’s why you should make as much of an effort as you can in order to give them the training they need. If you can, clear your schedule to spend the day with them and go through everything so they’re 100 percent sure of what they need to do.
If a new employee feels insecure about what they’re doing, they’ll instantly become stressed. That’s not the way you want them to feel from day one. You don’t want them thinking twice about returning to work for you the next week or even the next day. If they have all the information they need, it will make the whole experience of starting a new job a lot easier and smoother for them.
Have an “open door policy” and actually mean it
Many managers and team leaders claim to have an “open door policy”, but then they get that irritated look on their face every time someone walks into their office. If you say you have an open door policy, you should follow through with it. Allow them to ask every question they have at any time. That way you’ll know for sure that they’re actually interested in the job and want to do the best work they possibly can. And they’ll also feel like they can approach you if they encounter a problem and you’ll help them come up with a solution instead of berating them for not being able to fix it on their own. Remember, they’re new and you can’t expect them to know everything just yet.
You should make sure that they are aware that they can come to you for anything and everything. They should feel comfortable coming to you for absolutely any reason, even if it’s just to ask when they’re allowed to take their lunch hour. The more approachable you seem (and actually are), the better. Just remember that you are their boss and not their friend.
Ensure they meet and get to know their coworkers
When they arrive, take them around the office and introduce them to each department. Obviously, it will be difficult for them to remember all the names, but it will at least give your other employees a heads up that there’s a new person to welcome to the company. After giving them a tour of the office itself (nobody enjoys having to ask where the bathroom is), see if you can set up an introductory meeting with the other staff members they’ll be working closely with. That way you know they’ll at least know a few names, especially since are the names that need to know the most.
Check in with them regularly
As previously mentioned, don’t just direct them to their desk and expect them to get on with their day. New employees need your time and attention. They need you to be there to explain anything they might not understand or even to have a look over the work they’ve done so far to see if it’s done the way you like it. And your new employee might be too scared to approach you or you might be in and out of meetings and they can’t find you. Make it a priority to check up with them regularly during their first week and then perhaps once a week for the first month or so.
Turning new employees into long-term employees takes more than simply signing employment contracts. You need to make the workplace as comfortable for them as possible. They should want to come to work in the morning and feel secure in what they’re doing.