When you hire new talent for your construction company, you want to do everything you can to make the transition easy for them. We all know hiring isn’t easy. You have to attract the right candidates, deal with numerous interviews, and then make an important decision about who to bring into your firm. It is also a time-consuming process that costs money and energy. When you finally find the perfect fit and the candidate accepts your offer, you need to ensure that they succeed in their new position, or you will end up starting the hiring process all over again. Here are some essential strategies to help your new hires succeed.
Have an Effective Onboarding Process
While many new hires could start their role without much onboarding and do the work competently, it doesn’t foster a good relationship between the new hire and the employer. Without an onboarding process, you risk having the new employee feel isolated or overwhelmed. You want to include team-oriented activities that are fun and informative. This will help your employee feel like they’re part of the team. Training should be gradual. You want the new hire to learn everything they need to know to be successful, but you don’t want to overwhelm them. It also helps if you pair them with a mentor.
Communication is extremely important. You need to be able to communicate to the new employee what their job responsibilities are and what role they will play on the team. You also need to articulate the company’s values and objectives. A new employee will feel more connected to the company if they have a sense of purpose, so part of your strategy needs to be helping them understand how the work they will perform will help the company and the community. Another important part of communication is feedback. New hires need to know what they are doing well and what they need to improve on. Without clear and consistent feedback, they will have a difficult time succeeding.
Discuss Career Development Options Early On
While your focus is likely on the current job you have just hired for, new employees are thinking about the future. They want to know all about their new job and responsibilities, but they also want to have an idea about what opportunities the future holds for them. Having a career development conversation early on in the onboarding process will help you foster a strong relationship with the new hire. If they have a clear picture of how their new job can benefit their long-term career goals, they will have something to work towards. For a new hire to succeed, they need to be motivated.
The labor crisis in the construction industry makes hiring and retention more important than ever before. As a leader, your goal is to find the best talent you can find and do everything you can to help them succeed once they start their job.
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