5 top tips for your employee’s first 6 months

The first six months of a new job can be a daunting prospect for any new employee, especially a young person. Here are six ways that you, as an employer, can make your employee’s first six months as productive, stress’free and enjoyable as possible.

1. Schedule in regular one-to-one meetings.

Feedback is important for both the employer and the employee, so it is a good idea to schedule in regular (at least weekly) one-to-one meetings together for the first six months to make sure that they are settling in okay and are happy with their workload. Having regular meetings will also give the young person a chance to give any feedback to you directly and help to ensure that your professional relationship is a happy one.

2. Schedule in regular group mentoring sessions.

During the first six months of employing a young person, it is a good idea to schedule in regular (at least monthly) group mentoring sessions. This is a great opportunity for the young person to learn new skills from colleagues and share what they have learned during their time at the company with other employees.

3. Keep in touch regularly via email.

In between scheduled meetings, try and make sure that you are continuously giving feedback for any tasks the young person has completed in the first six months of employment. The easiest way to do this is via email. It does not have to be an enormous review; just a couple of lines saying ‘well done’ is all it takes. This will encourage your new employee to carry on producing good work and will also let them know that you are acknowledging their efforts. It is also a good idea to simply drop them an email every now and again to check in and ask how they are finding their new role.

4. Organize a few social or team building events.

Having social or team building events is great for new employees as it gives them the chance to get to know their colleagues in a more relaxed setting, and maybe even make a few friends! Having a few of these events during your new employee’s first six months with the company is a great way to make them feel more at ease and get to know you and their colleagues as individuals outside of work. For some great ideas on social and team building events that involve younger employees click here.

5. Set regular goals and targets for them.

To maximize your new employee’s performance, it is important to set regular goals and targets for them that are relevant to their job role. This will give them something more to strive for and will give them a sense of achievement. It will also allow your employee to know how they are improving over time.

Feedback is important for both the employer and the employee, so it is a good idea to schedule in regular (at least weekly) one-to-one meetings together for the first six months to make sure that they are settling in okay and are happy with their workload. Having regular meetings will also give the young person a chance to give any feedback to you directly and help to ensure that your professional relationship is a happy one.