When to review new employees

Recently I’ve done a lot of videos about recruiting for small businesses who want to do it themselves. This is a little tip to, I guess, set expectations with your new employee about how you’re going to review them and what you’re going to do in the next three months. Because of course, they’ve taken a risk, left their job and come and joined your business and now their sweating on this three month probation period.

What I do on the first week along with the onboarding document is what I call the one, four, 11.  and you tell them this from the very start.

At the end of week one, we’re going to sit down and we’re going to have a discussion about how you found the week and what you’ve learned, what you’re doing well, what you could do better.  For us it’s about how can we help that new employee do better in his job and pick up how to work in your business faster and better and deliver more quickly and what do we need to help you out there.  So set that up. You do that week one and week four.  I mean you probably should do it much more regularly too I might add, but actually specify, we’re going to sit down with a specific hour and talk about these things.  It’s nothing to be afraid of.

We’re here to try and help you out.  We’ve taken the punt. We’ve done our research. We’ve got you on board. We want you to win here. We want you to have an awesome time here and enjoy it and we also want you to do great work for us too, so, that’s what it’s all about.

One, four and then 11. Now, of course, 11 is a week before the 12 week mark, so that’s where you have time to spell out exactly where they’re at in the business and of course you’ve got some big decisions to make and make sure you let them know that you want to take them on and they are then permanent and you’re not still questioning, you know, that week 12. So that’s what I do when they start.  You can put it in your diary. Go one, four, 11, put it in your Outlook and make sure there’s a reminder and make sure you do it and make sure you tell the new employee that you are going to do it. I guarantee that’ll certainly help them feel like they’re part of the team and help them realize how well they’re progressing and it’ll help you too, and you don’t find yourself in an awkward situation down the track. Hope this helps you out.

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