You have been offered the job and are now on probation. This is usually a scary time. You might begin to second-guess your decision, or you might be concerned that you won’t be able to live up to your new employer’s expectations. Although the following suggestions are meant for employers, as a new recruit, you will benefit tremendously from such advice. Thanks to human resources director, Dana Jarvis:
Navigate the construction. There will be times during this “test drive” that you will uncover development needs. Make a list and have a conversation with the new employee to discover learning and development opportunities.
Use the brakes. New employees may find it hard to learn the organizational nuances and culture, thus leading them down the wrong road. Take time out to check in with the new employee on a consistent basis to see how they feel about how things are going. Communicate, communicate—and then communicate some more.
Pay attention to the road ahead. By looking ahead to future organizational needs, you will be able to determine which role is best for new employees, based on an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses.
Source: Workforce Online – Dana Jarvis, human resources director, Snavely Forest Products, Pittsburgh, June 26, 2007. Jarvis also is an adjunct professor at Duquesne University.