Help Your New Employees To Get A Grip

What’s the number one perk of getting that new job? Panic attacks.

You’ve got a new employee, David, on the scene, stepping into a new position, and he feels like he is in over his head—barely hanging on, questioning why he wanted the new position. He mulls over in his head how would rather be comfortable with his old position instead of stressed and rushed to learn new skills.

You’re the manager of employees dealing with the stress of a new job. How are you going to help them keep their heads above water and eventually get the stroke down? Your people are seeking help, guidance, and training from you. You are the leader and know-it-all for good reasons.

How to help David get a grip:

  1. Set up frequent meetings to help David get on track—not to micromanage, but to effectively prioritize, inform, and organize his new duties. We all need a coach to help us play the game well.
  2. Make every effort to give encouragement and constructive feedback.
  3. Always be available for when he approaches you with questions about his job. Don’t do the work for him—it’s good for your employees step up to the plate. See how much he can figure out in their new position and step in when you see they’ve hit a wall. You can give moments of clarity that will help David continue to press forward.
  4. Encourage participation, taking risks, and leading from their new position. You gave him this new job because he is capable, so let him be.

Let employees know where you stand, how you see them, and what it really takes to become a great leader. Although David might be nervous to step out and really own his job, it’s easy to relieve that stress when his manager believes in him.

“Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” ~ Vince Lombardi


Denis Coleman

Denis Coleman is the founder and CEO of Work Compass, a cloud staff performance collaboration software platform that helps teams align their efforts with strategic goals and continuously improve performance. Frustrated with the disconnect between strategy setting and day to day execution and the lack of tools available to managers to help them be great at their most important function …. Aligning their teams activities with strategic goals and actively managing for high performance Denis spent over 5 years researching strategy execution and performance management practices before founding Work Compass to create a software solution. Denis has held senior roles in Ireland, Czech Republic and North America with high performing electronics manufacturing and professional services organisations for more than 12 years. Denis has worked as Finance Director responsible for €800 million in annual revenues for Flextronics International, Key Account Manager responsible for annual revenues of more than €600 million for Dovatron International and Management Consultant for BDO one of Europe’s most successful professional services providers.

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