What New Hires Really Want

By October 28, 2014 No Comments

By: Maurice Gilbert

trainingOnce you’ve narrowed the field and selected the best candidate from among the crème de la crème, you can turn your attention toward on-boarding.

Regardless of the new employee’s level of experience and the depth of her skill set, on-boarding ought to be a requirement for every hire.  For one thing, that initial training is the perfect opportunity to establish expectations.  She has them, the company has them, the Board or manager she reports to has them.  This is the time to make them clear so you can set the newbie up for success.

So what does a new hire most want to gain in their first week on the job?  BambooHR conducted a survey in February, with the findings revealing that they’re after:

•  A review of company policies (73 percent)
•  A company tour, including equipment setup and a rundown of procedures (59 percent)
•  An introduction to a buddy or mentor to guide them through their first weeks or months (56 percent)

In fact, with regard to the third point there, nearly one-third want their direct manager to be the one to show them the lay of the land, not someone in HR.  This stands to reason, since the manager will be the one who provides feedback from day to day and ultimately whose opinion bears the most weight when it comes to how the new hire is performing.


Maurice GilbertMaurice Gilbert is Managing Partner of Conselium Executive Search, which specializes in placing Compliance Officers and Legal Counsel for clients in the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific.  Maurice is also CEO of Corporate Compliance Insights, a worldwide publication devoted to governance, risk and compliance issues. Maurice can be reached at maurice@conselium.com or maurice@corporatecomplianceinsights.com.

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