When meeting new employees —whether they’re new hires or you’re a new manager—you should get to know them as quickly as you can. Don’t rush things, but sit down with them one by one for a conversation. Here’s what to talk about:
- Ask them to describe their job or role as they see it. See how well they can describe their role and the process of some of their daily tasks to get a better understanding of how articulate they are.
- Ask what they enjoy most about their work and what they don’t like. Especially when they describe what they don’t like, pay extra attention to the wording and phrasing they choose.
- Ask about their personal/career goals. You want a new hire to be ambitious and goal-orientated rather than someone who is stagnant.
- Ask how you can help them perform their job better. What are some of the things that would help them thrive in your work environment?
- Ask what their expectations of you are and explain your own expectations of them. Make sure both of you are on the same page of what is expected of one another.
You might want to exchange some personal information about each other with your new employees, as long as the chat stays on workplace-appropriate subjects. You’ll save time and avoid misunderstandings on both sides.