1. Brush up your Orientation Programme:
It is crucial your new employee gets a sense of professionalism, and belonging, on their very first day at the office. Do not keep them waiting in the lobby while the receptionist figures out the nitty gritty, or have them sitting idle most of the day, without a clue about where they should be channeling their energy.
Have things in place for when they join. For starters, ensure they do not turn up on the day their manager/immediate superior isn’t in office or is busy with another project. Organize an HR briefing, informing them of what is expected from them as an employee, and how you can help them as an organization to grow their career graph.
2. Encourage interactions:
The first few days of your new hire are amongst the most crucial. It is during this time, they are excitedly sharing the details on their new job with their peers, so make sure you give them something worth talking about.
– Ensure you strategically arrange for your new hire to meet the colleagues in office.
– If you have multiple people joining in, organize a little introduction ceremony, where new hires could bond with each other, along with teams they’d be working with.
– Set an example of how things works around in the office culture-wise, by being professional, and encouraging the same out of the people around you. For instance: Don’t lose your cool over something that could be solved with a two-way, one-on-one conversation.
3. Value your Employee:
The most important factor that drives individuals to perform better is recognition of the efforts they put in everyday, and appreciation regarding the same.
– Make it a point to notice the employees that put in substantial amount of hard work, deliver consistent performance, and are eager to do better.
– Remember the names of the people who work with you.
– Be mindful of their bandwidth, and keep in mind that the work they are assigned is in sync with their qualifications.
– Spare a few minutes of your time weekly, to stay updated on what they are up to, and if they have any ideas for implementation. This could be done over e-mail or in person.
4. Be a Team Player:
No body likes to be bossed around. Having employees that trust your judgement and understand thought process, are always better than employees who respect you out of fear and follow a ‘I-do-what-you-say’ strategy.
– Keep them in the loop and give your hire an opportunity to voice their opinion and be heard. Be respectful of their views and give them credit when they deserve it. This doesn’t mean you don’t correct them if they are wrong, or digressing – encourage, yet be firm when the need arises.
5. Stick to a Schedule:
Research suggests that one of the most important factors Indian look for in jobs is a good balance between work and family.
– Don’t wear them down with too much work load. Pushing their boundaries is okay, as long as you are aware of what they can handle.
– Understand and accommodate their schedule while at the same time ensuring the work given to them is taken care off in time.
6. Say ‘no’ to pointless meetings:
You cannot expect your employees to perform, when you’re taking up all the time there are supposed to spend performing.
– Do not waste the time of your employee. Schedule meetings that are quick and have a pre-planned agenda.
7. Offer generous perks:
Everybody likes a workplace that knows how to have fun. This could be anything, ranging from free team lunches to an extra day off. You don’t need to have a stellar office with designated nap-rooms, to appeal to your employees. An simple organized – well lit, airy, with appropriate amount of personal space – work-place that screams ‘productivity’ should be enough to motivate your new hire to strive for more.
Quarterly bonuses are also a good idea, if you are in the position to shell out some cash for the best-performers.
Your employees are the lifeline to your company. Without them it isn’t possible for your company to be a profitable and successful business. Hold on to them!