Why and How to Set Your Expectations for Employee Success (Part II)

room full of people in a conference

In our post yesterday, we talked a bit about why it is important to set your expectations in order to ensure employee success.

As we mentioned, not properly explaining what you expect from your employees can put you and your company in a jam. Not only do those involved in the process end up wasting a lot of time and resources, but you also run the risk of higher turn-over rates, lower levels of productivity, or a few bad apples who just can’t shake the habits they’ve already formed.

Fortunately, there are ways to prevent this, which is why today we are going to go over how you can set your expectations and make them crystal clear for those new hires. Take look below:

  • Start earlier. Simply put, let your expectations be known as early as possible. Take the opportunity to outline your expectations–especially the most important ones –even as early on as the recruiting process.

    We’re not saying that you need to dump everything on your candidates all at once, but we do think you should be constantly reminding them as they move on with the hiring process. The sooner you start explaining your expectations, the better a chance you have at making sure each and every employee knows what you demand of them.

  • Be specific. As always, it important to be as specific as possible when it comes to outlining what you demand of your employees. Nothing is worse than the vague “we value hard working and excellent people” slogans that say nothing of what you actually look for in employees.

    Be open and tell them exactly what you want. If possible, you might even consider referencing the work ethic and attitude of certain employees you already have–allowing your new hires to know exactly what it is that you need.

  • Always touch base. Finally, as you take your candidate along the hiring process and even throughout training, try to touch base with them and see how they are feeling as they become acclimated to the company culture and expectations. If they seem to deviate at any time, it is up to you to make sure they get back on board before any bad habits set in.

How do you go about setting your expectations? Let us know by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter!

photo credit: Michigan Municipal League (MML) via photopin cc