Work and Strategic Goal Alignment
- The more that new hires understand the mission, vision, goals, and uniqueness of our organization, the more engaged they will be from the outset. If the centerpiece of your orientation is rules, regulations, and logistical minutiae, you can guarantee they will have second thoughts about their job choice. Emphasize the big picture to boost the greatest value new hires bring: enthusiasm and the desire to make a difference.
- Connect daily work with unit/university goals so the employee has meaning in his/her work
- To do this, when you meet with the new employee emphasize how each task contributes to meeting goals; show the employee the “big picture”
- Tell how employees in your unit help achieve unit/org goals to personalize and visibly demonstrate this alignment
- Tell about times employees’ help made a difference to students, coworkers, patients, or others
- Having defined expectations and/or goals provides a clearer understanding of work duties, priorities, timelines, etc., and helps employees be more effective and productive. Engaging employees in how they will meet those expectations so they feel a sense of ownership creates an opportunity for meaningful conversation. You also need to provide ongoing feedback about your new employee’s performance.
- How do you accommodate special needs of employees in the workplace? Take the brief online course, “Creating a Welcoming Environment.” Find it in Employee Self Service, under “My Training, ” “Enroll in a Course.”
- Staff whose first language is not English may need assistance. Help is available.
Work Life and Wellness
- The University has developed a philosophy and expectations regarding staff attendance and the use of leave benefits intended to explain how we balance needs for a productive workforce and personal time off.
- Giving positive recognition helps ensure repeat of desirable behavior.
- Being open to hearing employee needs, interests, ideas and concerns enhances the employment relationship.
New employees need developing in three areas:
- Training about safety, sexual harassment, ethics, etc., are expectations for all employees to help create the environment for safe and ethical performance.
- Staff whose first language is not English may need assistance. Help is available
- Job specific training designed to enhance proficiency in performing job duties, etc.
- Career planning designed to encourage retention and develop the skills needed for current and future roles within the University.