Magazine article Supervisory Management

Making New Hires Members of the Team

Magazine article Supervisory Management

Making New Hires Members of the Team

Article excerpt

When new people join your department, it's important to make them a part of the team as soon as possible.

To integrate newcomers as smoothly as possible, and to ensure that they'll fit in well the rest of the group, you need to get an idea of their styles as soon as possible, and to figure out how those styles can be used to advantage. If they're not team players, you have to teach them how to be--or figure out how to get the most out of their individualism. Certainly, you need to create a welcoming environment for all new people--to make them feel that joining your team will be a distinction and a pleasure, and that it will be easy for them to fit in.

Building a Sense of Teamwork

Here are some specific suggestions to help you integrate new team members quickly and easily:

* Right from the start, condition new team members to believe that they're joining an elite group--that your team is made up of winners, and that they wouldn't be there if they weren't winners too. (Sergeants in the U.S. Army do this by always addressing their teenage male recruits as "Men." Soon, they start believing that that's what they are.)

* Build esprit de corps by maintaining a high profile and by stressing the accomplishments of the team. When you praise, do so in relation to how the worker's accomplishments helped the group do its job.

* To help new hires feel a part of the group, assign an experienced employee who is a strong team player to serve as the new hire's mentor during the first few weeks on the job. This provides the new hire with a role model not only in terms of the work but also in terms of his or her place in the group. …

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