First Business

November 23, 2011

Human Resources: new strategies for new employees

Want to get the most out of your next new employee? Business consultant and writer Jeff Haden suggests that companies try something different and take their cues from an old Elvis Presley song: A little less conversation, a little more action.

In other words, Haden advocates that managers skip the traditional rounds of formal lunches, meet-and-greet sessions and dog-and-pony shows and focus instead on helping newbies hit the ground running.

"Everyone is rightly concerned about inclusion, diversity and making people feel comfortable and part of a team,†says Haden, who spent 20 years in production management and has written more than 30 nonfiction books, including four that reached No. 1 on Amazon’s best-seller list.

"That’s all very positive. But I think things have shifted too far to that side,†he continues.

That doesn’t mean skipping introductions on new employees’ behalf. Haden just prefers more emphasis on quickly become a contributing employee and less on building relationships. Managers have a narrow window of time to make a strong, lasting impression on new hires, so it behooves them to send a message that new employees are working for a performance-based organization that values results.

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