Young and fresh employees bring in the younger mindset. They are bubbling with enthusiasm and desire to do well. They are freshly out of grad school and they want to do wonders. Well, all that is good only when you know how to manage them properly. This is because sometimes, young employees can cause massive headaches.
Here are a few tips that will help you guide your entry-level employees into working productively and avoiding a nuisance:
You have to communicate with these employees on a daily basis. This means that you should be approachable and available for them to come to you when they have a concern. Also, you should communicate with them to know whether everything is going smoothly. Pick a tool or method for effective communication and make sure you are always in touch with them.
Entry-level employees want feedback. They want to know whether they are doing well or whether they are making too many mistakes. Regular feedback will definitely help these employees work better.
Every employee wants to be recognized. How hard is it for you to praise someone for doing well? Not hard at all, I am sure! Entry-level employees will thrive under appreciation and recognition. Use this as a tool and don’t miss an opportunity to let them know that they are doing a good job.
In the beginning at least you have to be their mentor. You have to guide them because they are new to this world and they need an expert to help them out. If you can’t mentor them you could hire someone to do it for you.
Entry-level employees need some flexibility. Don’t set a rigid time clock for them to follow. Of course you can have mandatory hours but besides that you should trust them to make a choice based on the tasks at hand. The results will surprise you.
They are freshly out of college but that doesn’t mean they like being dominated or bossed or commanded. You may be the boss but your approach should not be bossy. Asking them questions is a better and more effective way of engaging them and helping them understand something.
Nurture them in the early stages and they will become engaged and focused employees very soon.
Entry-level employees need some nurturing and mentoring to get onto the right track. Otherwise they may hurt your business inadvertently. The best way to help them is to communicate with them everyday, mentor them, and to allow flexible hours. Be patient and encourage them through praise and recognition.