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How to Make The First 100 Days Count
Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017

As Donald Trump begins his four-year journey as the new President of the United States, all eyes are on him. His actions and his decisions will be watched very closely within the next 100 days as we sit back and observe as he transitions into his new role. Similar to a new hire, President Trump will be guided and transitioned smoothly with the help of his constituents.

According to the Wynhurst Group, employees who went through a structured onboarding program were 58 percent more likely to stay within the organization after three years. That being said, companies should not forget that onboarding sets the foundation to improving new hire engagement and satisfaction.

Decrease your turnover rate and ensure your new hire transitions into a productive employee with these four essential steps.

1.Create a Safe Space

On the day President Trump was sworn in, White House staffers had a very small window to clean and prepare for the arrival of the new commander in chief. Your new hire should receive a similar orientation and welcoming to the company. Providing a safe space for your employee is an essential component to their successful onboarding experience. You may wonder, what exactly does this “safe space” entail? A safe space offers the employee opportunity to freely share their thoughts, frustrations, and concerns. Being able to communicate effectively and honestly with your employee will not only strengthen your relationship but it will enable them to trust their company while perceiving their new manager as a safety net that nurtures and supports their dreams. 

2.Establish a Clear Pathway to Solid Results

According to A Magazine’s Onboarding Checklist to Success, 60 percent of companies indicate that they do not set milestones or concrete goals for new hires to attain. Setting clear expectations with your new hire puts them on the right path to success. As experienced politicians prepare to show President Trump the ropes, they, need to share what their expectations are for the newly elected president of the United States.  Having these goals and objectives in mind will mitigate frustration for the new hire and will allow them to outline the necessary steps that need to be taken in order to achieve and exceed your expectations.

3.Develop and Nurture Alliances

Within the first few months, Trump will be introduced to leaders around the world to maintain and strengthen strong alliances with other countries. That being said, a manager should forge connections between their peers, leaders, and stakeholders to help bridge any information gaps that may arise for their new hire. To become successful in their new role, building relationships is an essential ingredient for a successful employee. In order for a company to operate, people need to work holistically and communicate effectively to maintain and achieve their objectives. Consider scheduling informal meet and greets within their a new hire’s first two weeks of onboarding.

4. Give Them a Head Start – Before Day 1

Onboarding begins before their start date. Introduce your new hire to your culture and welcome them with open arms—days before they begin. Supply them with resources to complete important onboarding tasks and customize your onboarding portal to fit your employees’ new role. Adding videos, images, and messages not only enables your new employee to feel prepared before their start date, but now, they’ll become immersed into your culture.

For more tips on how to transition your new hire, take a look at Inaugurating New Hires.