5 Conversations to have with New Employees

within the first few days of starting a new role or hiring a new employee, it is a good idea to have one or more, informal meetings that cover the following topics:

1. What is the employee’s expectations of you?

Good to find out how the new employee likes to work and maybe even get them to complete their DISC Profile. Allows you to see what their challengers are and what they want to achieve (and more importantly, how you can help them).

2. Tell them what your expectations are of them.

This lets the new person know what they need to do to succeed.

3. What the team / group / organisation’s resources, budget, flexibility etc. are.

4. How the team / group / organisation work. How do ‘we get the job done’?

This can range from practical things such as what source control is used (for application development) and what the release process is, to more informal / cultural things such as whether to speak to a person, you should first approach their manager, or if things get done through giving and receiving ‘favours’.

5. A conversation about Personal Development.

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