You finally admitted to yourself that you will need an additional member for your team, to help out with a new project, and take off the excess load from your and your staff’s overworked shoulders. You went through the meticulous task of sifting through a multitude of impressive, thick resumes, and interviewed the bright-eyed, enthusiastic applicants who all believe that they are perfect for the job. And now, you have yourself a new hire who promises to be one of the biggest assets in your company, and of course, you want to make sure that you utilise your fresh employee and maximise his or her potential.
Good training is always essential whenever a new person is integrated into a team that already has a working set of systems and standards, and for the most part, employers and team leaders dread this task and take it on albeit begrudgingly. Let’s be honest here: if you always have to teach the same policies, rules, jobs, activities, office hierarchy—the list goes on and on, and this is a list that you already have to deal with everyday—it can get old, boring, and frustrating, especially when there are questions that you will have to answer again and again.
However, you can turn things around and consider the entire training process as an opportunity to rejuvenate your work environment and make it an enriching experience for you and your new employee, as well as your existing members.
Take this as a chance to improve work communication and systems. Once you have a fresh pair of eyes and a clean-slated mind, thanks to your neophyte, you now have a chance to do a once-over on your team’s communications, and check if there’s room for improvement. Most professionals tend to create a system of to-do’s, planning, and work priorities in their head without being conscious about it, and everyone else has to work with the same system. Having a new hire will let you know if you’ve developed that habit and allow you to make the necessary adjustments. As a result, you will be able to streamline your projects and accounts better, and allow for a smoother communication with your members.
Work your way out of a rut with your new hire. If you find yourself stuck in a major part of a project, or if your trial-and-error results to more errors than breakthroughs, take advantage of training your fledgling, and at the same time, ask what your new team member thinks of your current dilemma. You hired the best out of all the applicants, and this particular person that you are introducing into the project may very well be the fresh set of eyes that you need to find out what you’ve been missing out on all along. You may even learn new ways to accomplish your tasks faster and improve everyone’s work performance with the help of your recent hire’s skills and talents.
Take advantage of your new employee’s enthusiasm and curiosity. If you and your current team members have been doing what you’ve been doing for quite a while, most things become routine, and in some cases, downright boring and unfulfilling. In turn, it’s harder to squeeze the creative juices and get innovative work going. Having a new member will bring a fresher perspective to the job, and, if you got just the right person, bring a high dose of energy and rejuvenation to your office environment. Let your newbie ask questions and learn not to dread them, and allow everyone to seep in the curiosity and you may just have your next “Now why didn’t we do it that way?” or “You’re right—why didn’t we ever try that?” moments.