New situations can be very frightening. Taking a new job in a new location and in a new line of work is enough to scare anyone. With that being said, the newest additions to your team are likely to be a bundle of nerves when they first start their position with you. They’ll have some questions and more importantly, until they get into the groove of things, they’re likely to have some fears that will need to be addressed.
It is your job as their employer to make sure that your employees feel as comfortable as they possibly can in a position. It’s important to provide them with the training and resources they need to thrive in the position you hired them for. If your workers don’t feel up-to-speed on things, there’s a very good chance they’ll never perform the way that you hoped they would.
To better understand where your new hires are coming from, it’s important to understand what makes them tick and why they chose to work for your small business opposed to other employers in the area. Getting to know your employees for the wildly talented, creative individuals that they are can help build a sense of trust and that is a necessity if you expect your workplace to thrive.
The top five fears of new employees include:
- “Did I make the right decision by coming to work here?” No one wants to leave the safety and security of a job that they’re accustomed to. That’s why it’s very hard to transition into a new position quickly. Squelch a new hire’s fears by making it very clear to them right from the start how important of role they play in your company’s success. Make them feel comfortable by having a welcome to work party on their day of arrival.
- “Will there be room for advancement or is this another dead-end job?” Everyone wants to be promoted throughout their professional career. That’s why it’s very important to state the criteria required to be promoted. If you let your employees know that there is room for growth, they’ll stay on task and be committed to doing their jobs to the best of their ability. They won’t spend their time looking for other employment because they’ll be satisfied with their current position with you.
- “If times get tough, what will the business do to adapt?” Being laid off is a scary notion. Do you have a plan in place for your employees in case the economy takes a turn for the worst? If you do, you need to be willing to share it with your workers. They need to know what will happen to them if times change.
- “Are there opportunities to learn as I go or will I be thrown into a position and have to fend for myself?” Insufficient training can sink your business faster than anything else. Take the time to show your employees how to do their positions. Give them access to the things that they need to be self-sufficient and productive. Don’t throw them to the wolves and expect them to survive. Training is very important in offering a sense of security to new hires. If they feel like they can do their jobs and do their jobs well, they aren’t worried about losing their positions, having their hours cut back or being replaced by someone younger, faster, and more efficient.
- “Will the workplace environment be a dictatorship or is it a place where teamwork and feedback are appreciated?” Some owners and managers are very difficult to work for. Don’t be so set in your ways that you undermine the knowledge, skills, and creativity of your new employees. Make them a part of the decision-making process. Value their ideas. Encourage them to make suggestions. It will benefit you and your business tremendously to have that type of relationship with the men and women that work for you.
As you can see, there are a number of different fears new employees face. That’s why it’s very important to address concerns once they’re voiced and make the workplace a place where respect and understanding are doled out equally. Nurture your employees and they’ll go above and beyond to do the same for you and your small business.