On-boarding a new team member

Welcoming a new team member to your business is exciting. Follow these induction steps to ensure they start-off on the right track.

1. Help your employees get started

A new team member will take up a lot of your time at first, as they get to grips with their new role and the ways you want things done.

They'll look to you for guidance, as you both get used to working together. Even if they've had similar jobs in the past, you'll find yourself being involved in the smallest to the largest of details.

It's a normal part of the process, and the more time you spend helping them find their feet, the faster they'll get up to speed.

2. Connect your employee to your systems

It's important to give each employee their own access to your systems, rather than copies of your login codes. It lets you restrict them from seeing confidential information (like your accounts or payroll), and it also means you can lock them out if something goes wrong. 

You might also like to have company information like policies, training manuals, procedures or job-specific instructions to help on-board your new team member.

WorkSafe New Zealand also have useful information and guidelines around health and safety in the workplace, which you can build into your induction resources.

3. Be clear about goals and expectations

Talk to your new person on their first day (or before) to make sure they understand what you expect of them.

They should already have a good idea about this from the interview process and the job description, but a conversation lets them ask questions and get a stronger understanding.

It's also an opportunity for you to explain what you'll give them in return. Remember, this is a professional relationship and it should be based on mutual trust, respect and honesty.

4. Book in regular meetings

Good people are hard to find, and it's time-consuming and expensive finding and hiring replacements. Regular catch-ups and an interest in your team members development, is often key to retaining good people. 

As an employer, part of your job is to also help your employees develop and grow. The best way to do this is through regular one-on-one meetings and development reviews.

Help your team members identify where they'd like to be, and any skills or additional training they need to get there. Helping them grow helps your business as well.

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