How to Engage New Employees on Your Team

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<ol><li> 1. How to Engage New Employees on Your Team </li><li> 2. Its Tough Being the New Guy Thats true when youre in grade school and its still true when youre a grown-up: Coming into a new workplace environment especially one with a tight-knit team dynamic can be challenging, and more than a little daunting. </li><li> 3. Its Tough Being the New Guy Its not just hard for the new employee, though. Leaders and managers can sometimes face an uphill climb in grafting the new employee into the existing team culture. </li><li> 4. Its Tough Being the New Guy Thats not the employees fault. Its just that its hard to step into a program thats already been established; its hard to find your place when everyone else has already settled into their role. </li><li> 5. SO HOW DO YOU HELP YOUR NEW EMPLOYEES FIT IN? </li><li> 6. Consider some of the following: Start engaging the new employee early on. Scheduling some group activities or some collaborative projects even on Day 1. Collaboration implicit to all project assignments: Tell New Hire Bill that his job is to work with Claire and Dan on Project X, and tell Claire and Dan that their job is to work in tandem with Bill. </li><li> 7. Schedule some lunches, coffee breaks, or quick face-to-face meetings with more senior team members. Make these regular, especially at the beginning. Just give the new hire a chance to get to know you, to ask questions as needed, and to offer feedback. Use these meetings to assess the engagement process. </li><li> 8. In keeping with that last point, make sure you view onboarding as a two-way street. Always provide your new hire with a chance to express his or her opinions, and to let you know how things are going. </li><li> 9. Be explicit in communicating your values. Whats your companys mission? What is its vision? How would you characterize its culture? You cant just expect new hires to know these things; you must make them plain. This should be the centerpiece of the onboarding process. </li><li> 10. Invest in training! New hires like to be trained because it gives them confidence to do their job better, and it proves that you have an investment in them. Note that training does not always have to be formal, and in fact some more informal opportunities to participate and observe in group projects can be most helpful. </li><li> 11. Remember: Adding a new team member can threaten to throw off your entire team dynamic. But working to engage your new employees can ensure a smooth transition. </li><li> 12. About Dr. Rick Goodman Dr. Rick Goodman CSP is an authority in the world of leadership and is known as one of the most sought after team building experts in the United States and internationally. He is famous for helping organizations, corporations, and individuals with systems and strategies that produce increased profits and productivity without having the challenges of micro managing the process. Some of Dr. Ricks clients include AT&amp;T, Boeing, Cavium Networks, Heineken, IBM, and Hewlett Packard. For more information on Ricks speaking programs, audio programs, and learning programs, contact (888) 267-6098 or, or visit </li></ol>