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Just In! A Proven Way to Retain that Great New Hire!

March 1st, 2018

What’s Hot?

A new study* reveals that one way to retain new employees is to charge them with simple, direct, meaningful work.

So What?

According to the study, the onboarding experience is a trying one for most organizational newcomers. New employees are torn between meeting task-related demands and socially integrating into the workplace.

What To Do?

  1. Include “real work” in your onboarding process. Ensure that assignments are doable and recognize and reinforce the timeliness and quality of the individual’s work.  Small wins are motivating!
  1. Put the real work in the context of the big picture. Describe how the tasks contribute to the accomplishment of important objectives.
  1. Instead of encouraging newcomers to seek help only when they feel they need it, managers can provide opportunities for newcomers to provide practical, task-related assistance to one another as well as to their more senior colleagues.

Recruiting and retaining top talent is one of the top challenges reported by business leaders.  You can set the stage for tenure when you put them to work as soon as they get on board.

*Peter A. Bamberger, Dvora Geller, Etti Doveh. Assisting upon entry: Helping type and approach as moderators of how role conflict affects newcomer resource drain. Journal of Applied Psychology, 2017; 102 (12): 1719 DOI: 10.1037/apl0000243


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