What is the most important thing a leader can do for a new hire?
Transfer the DNA of the company to the new employee.
The culture, history, and aspirations of the company need to be directly communicated from the founder, president, or CEO to the new member of your staff. People need to hear this information from the source.
From the moment that a person begins work, they need to know why they are sitting there and how their work will impact the company.
Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- Personally thank the employee for joining your organization. Let them know that you will be there for them to support them in their work and career.
- Explain how the business started. Describe the problem that you were trying to solve that led to the formation of the company. Explain who was involved and how the organization has evolved over time.
- Describe your vision and values. This is important structural information that will help a new hire frame their perspective of what their role is in the organization.
- Where is the company going? Describe the steps that you are taking to ensure the long growth and sustainability of your organization. Define short and long-term business goals.
- Explain how employees can get involved. Want people to get involved to move the company forward? They need space to do this, and it start with having an open line of communication with their supervisors, and the ideally the head of the company.
Once a new employee has a sense of what you want to do with the company, they will be in a better position to help you achieve your goals. They will also be more motivated to seek out new opportunities for growth and development.