Sara El Kareh
It is definitely a hard task to identify which candidates to be hired and which are not. It could be a waste of time for managers especially if the new hire-up quits after 3 months. They will have to recruit, hire again and then train the new employees. Therefore, managers need a new way to avoid this whole time-consuming process. One idea is to talk with new employees after being hired and figure out how they are doing, what are their preferences, what do they hate about the job, what do they like most about the work environment… As a manager, you must know if the job was up to their expectations or they are not very comfortable about it.
After talking to the employee, try to pose some questions that will help you understand him/her. Ask them about their opinion regarding:
- The reason he/she were chosen among all candidates to be the new employee.
- The new job and the management.
- The best/worst thing that happened since the hiring.
- The experiences acquired and the difference between this job and older ones.
- The workload and the time given to accomplish all tasks.
- Their position and how it serves the company’s goals and targets.
- The things required for self-improvement.
- The things you can offer to make them more successful in what they do.
- The things that are still unclear for them concerning their role.
- Their expectations before being hired and the experience they witnessed when they started working in your company.
- The co-workers who are most helpful and caring. (This will help you identify the most influential employees among your staff).
- The person who makes you feel most comfortable when asking questions about new things.
- Whether the supervisor’s expectations of him/her are clear and brief with no confusions.
- The way the supervisor provides him/her with feedback and the way comments are given.
- The appreciation for one’s ideas and opinions in the office. (Ask for examples)
- The relationship with co-workers and the overall work environment.
- The issues he/she is facing with any department, supervisor, co-worker, clients or any other person related to work.
After getting answers for the above questions, you will be able to have a clear image regarding the employee and new ideas for how to help him/her feel more comfortable and happy working for your company.