First, it all started in a dorm room. Nowadays, your business is expanding, and you can’t handle the pressure all by yourself. You need someone to help with the load, and that means you’re about to make your first hire. We’re not going to talk about that process today. There are far too many guides about that already! Instead, we’re going to look at orientation, and how to get your new hire acclimatized to the role.
You might think there’s nothing to it, but you’d be dead wrong. You’ve never done this before, and you’re trusting a complete stranger to continue the great work you’ve done so far. You’ll need someone who is both productive and motivated, for starters. Of course, orientation is also about getting that person ready to do their work as quickly as possible. It’s an important process, and here’s what you need to do.
Firstly, it’s down to you to create an orientation plan. You’ve never had to do this, so it’s going to take a while to put something together. Start by planning out their first day. What paperwork needs to be done? What do you need to show them initially? How much time will you need to allocate for them to shadow what you’re doing? It’s all important to note, and you’ll need a proper schedule.
Also, this is a great chance to get them started on a performance management system. Those initial few weeks will be tough, and having a way of planning each day and catching up is crucial. Developing effective systems for performance management requires expertise, so ensure you do your research. Ultimately, the goal is to get them settled in as well as possible, creating a productive and positive atmosphere.
But now, let’s skip forward to the day itself. They’ve arrived. They’re sitting in the parking lot, and you just know they’ll be feeling a little anxious. Who wouldn’t?! This is especially the case for a company that just hired their first employee. Heck, you’ll probably feel more nervous than them! This is why it’s important to get you both feeling as comfortable as possible. Let them settle into the day. Make them a drink. Don’t overfeed them with information too quickly. The first day is going to be long and arduous, and you’ll both need a rest after you’re done. Take it as easy as you can.
At the end of their first day, schedule a one-to-one informal meeting. Give yourselves a chance to relax with a cup of coffee. Talk about how the day has gone and use this as an opportunity for them to alleviate any concerns. Ultimately, this is also a great bonding experience. Use the time to catch up about your hobbies and interests, too. It’s different when you’re working in a very small group as opposed to a large business. If the two of you can’t gel, you’re never going to create a productive working partnership.
Effective employee orientation isn’t difficult to put into practice but takes time and preparation. Make sure you’re ready for the challenge.