Top 10 Ways to Turn Off a New Employee

10 Ways to Make a Bad Impression on a New Employee

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You want your new employee to experience his new job as a major turn on. Why is it that organizations so often act in ways that create the opposite result?

These are the top ten ways to guarantee that your new employee will start off on the wrong foot - possibly forever. Yes, that is how powerful first impressions are. You have just one chance for a lasting first impression.

New Employee Turn Offs

  • Make sure that a work area has not been created or assigned. (Let him sit in a hall or share a cube for the first few days while you scramble to create a work area.) Nothing is worse than not giving your new employee a home.
  • Schedule the new employee to start his or her new job while the manager is on vacation or away at a conference. Have no one else prepared to give the new employee meaningful work or training while the manager is gone.
  • Leave the new employee standing in the company reception area for a half hour while reception staff try to figure out what to do with him. Employees need to welcome a new employee in an informed, supportive way. They ought to know who is expecting the new person and direct the person according to the manager's instructions.
  • Leave the new employee at her work station, to manage on her own, while coworkers pair up and head out to lunch. Schedule lunches for the new employee for the first few days so the employee has a chance to meet people. Then, she can begin scheduling lunches on her own.
  • Provide an hour in a noisy lobby for the new employee to read and sign-off on a 100 page employee handbook. Better? Send the paperwork and handbook to the new employee in advance. Make the time at work about answering questions and clarifying meaning.
  • Show the new employee his office and don’t introduce him to coworkers or assign him a mentor. Having friendly, interested coworkers starts new employee retention and satisfaction from the first day.
  • Assign the new employee to a staff person who has a major, career-impacting deadline - in three days. A new employee has needs, too. Planning to meet them will ensure a long, fruitful relationship.
  • Assign the new employee to (you fill in the blanks) your most unhappy, negative, company-bashing staff member. Negativity is contagious. Don't want to infect the new employee? Better question. Why do you employ a negative, unhappy, company-bashing staff member at all? None of your employees need this daily impact.
  • Assign the employee “busy work” that has nothing to do with her core job description, because you are having a busy week. New employees thrive when they feel immediately valued and productive.
  • Start the new employee with a one or two day new employee orientation during which Human Resources personnel make presentation after presentation after presentation after presentation... Bad news.

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