5 Things you should know about new recruits

5 things you should know about new recruits

The excitement of new employees

It is always exciting to welcome a new employee because it is a sign that you are planning to make improvements in the workplace. You are expecting to get new experience to enhance your efforts for improvement.

The problem, on the other hand, is that you will never be sure if your recruitment process was successful. On paper, everything is looking bright for the future but until you see results you cannot be sure.

The new recruit feeling often does not last long

It does not take long before the responsibility of a position overrides your expectations of the new employee's performance and if not managed well can have a negative outcome for both parties.

It is here where leadership skills count as it is your duty to engage the new recruit through coaching, guidance and constructive performance measurement. The failing performance of a newly appointed staff member can mostly be assigned to poor leadership.

Don't create false benchmarks for yourself

Failure often happens where your perception and your logic clashes and you set unreal expectations of what you see as an outcome. It is better to be practical and know what you can expect and where possible failure is lurking in the shadows. That is why there are some things common you should expect when a new employee starts working for you.

1. They will seem at least 25% more efficient than they really are. Only after the first three months can a new recruit be assessed. It is proven that most recruits will settle into the new environment between 3 to 6 months. It is for this reason that 3 month probation periods will fail 90% of the time.

2. Most applicants will be desperate but it doesn't mean they have to accept substandard offers. Those accepting less than reasonable must be expected not to hang around too long.

3. A new recruit will always believe his last organization was better, bigger and more rewarding. That is why you are recruiting them - for the knowledge and the experience they can bring with them. If after six months he still thinks his last place of employment was better he is either not as competent as suggested during recruitment or he is probably spending most of his day planning his exit plan.

4. A new recruit will assess his new environment within the first hour of starting and the perception of what the recruit has let himself in for will be shaped right there and now. That is why new recruits are better kept busy with induction and organizational briefing.

5. In the first month, the new recruit will try and reorganize the whole organization to replicate his last place of employment. If it's good or bad will depend on his last company or the reason you have employed him for.


The saying "A new broom sweeps clean" will always be relevant in this case but you can avoid disappointment if you know what to look for and your employee engagement skills are refined.

Question: What percentage of your employees has a two-year service in your organization?

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