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Setting Clear Expectations for New Hires

Did you know that a lack of clear expectations not only undermines team success and outcomes, but also harms commitment, partnerships, and teamwork?

It is a terrible experience for new hires when they don’t know what you expect from them. They will not understand the goals of the business they are working with. They will not understand what the business expects from them.

So why is expectation-setting such an important tool?

Everybody knows that having clear expectations allows one to learn. It promotes smooth cooperation to overcome barriers when problems and challenges arise.

As an HR strategist, setting clear expectations is a must! Remember:

Clear is Kind. Unclear is Unkind.” 

Make your expectations as vivid as water.

Clearly define what your new hire needs to do and they will know exactly what success looks like. Every team or person wants to be successful at work, and this can only be achieved if they know what is expected of them from the business. So setting crystal clear expectations will not only save you and your new hires from failure but will also get your working relationship off to a good start.

Every team or person wants to be successful at work, and this can only be achieved if they know what is expected of them from the business.

When at the stage of onboarding your new hires, you will definitely have a lot of things to think about, right?

“What is my onboarding plan?”

“Will there be pre-boarding? “

“How will I set my clear expectations?

and more…

Consider this: you always talk about the business goals, but your new hire doesn’t know what it is exactly that their boss expects from them.

If you want them to work with more confidence and dedication, set clear expectations. Make sure to share your feedback and define ways on how they can improve. See to it that you make new hires feel like part of the team from day one.

They are gems who do their best to help you achieve your business goals. Always remember that making a positive first impression sets the tone for the rest of their stay with you. Let them feel that this job they have found is the right one for them.  

Think about your situation now. How can you set clear expectations for new employees?

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