Have you ever been asked, “if you were given one wish, what would you wish for?” Just thinking about the answer puts a smile on our faces as we dream up something great. How do you think your new hires would answer that question? Do you think it would be mostly the same answer among all new hires? There’s a saying I bet you’ve heard before that ‘an employee doesn’t leave the company, they leave their boss’. In fact, around 50% of employees leave their company to get away from their bosses. So, is the wish of new hires a supportive boss that doesn’t micromanage?
If you could grant your new hires just one wish, what do you think it should be, and what steps would you take to grant them their wish?
Now this may be an over-generalization, but bottom line, new hires wish to be right about their decision to join your company.
- First, no one likes being wrong, especially when it’s about such an important decision that could impact your entire family, where you live, how financially comfortable you would be, and/or the ability to cover necessary medical expenses.
- Second, no one wants do a job search all over again. Job change is listed among the most stressful life events, and it’s easy to understand why, as it takes approximately one month to find a job for every $10,000 of total earnings – that could really add up to a lot of months with today’s average salaries. Additionally, the time it takes to find a job only gets longer with only 2% of candidates receiving a call for an interview for a job they submitted their application to.
According to Gallup’s 2017 American Workplace Report, employees come into a role wanting frequent communication with their manager, development opportunities, flexibility and autonomy, coaching, and a sense of stability and security. My suggestion is for the hiring managers to address each item from this list with every new hire, to understand what their expectations are with each. We should be asking new hires:
- How often is frequent communication with your manager? Is a one-hour, in-person meeting once a week with your manager enough?
- What kind of development opportunities do you want? Are these online tutorials, local college classes, or having a mentor at the company?
- What are you looking for in terms of flexibility and autonomy? Are there certain hours you can’t work? And what decisions do you believe you must make yourself?
- When it comes to coaching, do you want someone in addition to your manager to coach you? Are there particular wants or needs that you want coaching on?
- How can we help provide a sense of stability and security? Would ensuring management walks our department through the monthly &/or quarterly report help?
If only it could be as easy as waving a magic wand to have our new hires stick with us for the longer-term. In the meantime, best of luck granting their wishes. I hope all your wishes come true, too.