Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts August 2000
Short Cuts:BETTER YET
Welcome to the Team
Bringing a new person on board can cause
all kinds of ripples. Here is some advice on integrating a new hire
from Roger Sommer, vice president of Interim Career Consulting in
Los Angeles, an outplacement consulting firm.
Define the job. Make sure the new team member
knows exactly what her assignment is. Explain where her
responsibilities end and someone else’s begin.
Hold hands. Assign the new hire a buddy,
someone to help him get integrated and learn the group norms,
showing how they work together. Does everyone eat lunch together,
go out for drinks after work?
Get together. Welcome the new person with a
small social event. Meet under different circumstances so everyone
can get better acquainted.
Give her some space. Don’t micromanage the new
team member; let her do her tasks without breathing down her neck.
Allow her to make mistakes and learn.
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