You Just Hired the Ideal Candidate – Here’s How to Get Them to Stay

You’ve found the perfect fit for a role – now what? An employees’ first 90 days can make or break their time with you, but there’s plenty you can do to prevent the loss of a new employee. Though finding the perfect fit for your team may have been difficult, you can’t lose momentum when they sign on the dotted line.

Let’s start from the beginning:

Make them feel welcome

Before your new candidate’s first day, be sure to keep them in the loop. First days are nerve-wracking enough – make them feel welcome and confident walking through the doors on day one. 

Be sure to have their workspace together before they arrive and be sure to have tech support there if you run into any issues.

On their first day, clear some time in your schedule to make your new employee feel welcome – maybe even take the entire team out to lunch. Open up a line of communication right off the bat in order to make everyone feel comfortable with the new routine.


Organize your onboarding process

Who’s in charge of onboarding – HR? Management? Online courses? Either way, make sure that you and the rest of your team are on the same page. Get the boring paperwork out of the way so you can dive right into training.

During this time, create a process for touching base with your new employee – and remember that not every employee works in the same way. Learn what works best for you and your new hire. Weekly touch-base meetings may seem overboard to you, but to your new hire, it may make or break their stay.

Don’t forget – some of the things you do on a day-to-day basis may not be so clear to a newcomer. Show them everything, take them on a tour, and give them the freedom to ask for anything they may need!


Introduce them to key players in your organization

Consider speaking with your team and figuring out who would best work as a mentor – someone to look up to, ask questions, and make them feel comfortable and confident in their new role.

The first day on a new job may seem intimidating, but you can make your new hire feel welcome by introducing them to key players in your organization. Making a new employee feel appreciated should be a company-wide effort. 

Teach them, but trust them

Of course everyone needs to learn the ropes, but you hired this person for a reason. Don’t spend too much time looming over them and teaching them the exact ways things are done, because maybe they have a new process or an idea that will be good for your company.

Give them the freedom they need to succeed in their new role. You’ll be glad you did.


Hold a 90-day review

According to BambooHR, 31% of new hires leave within six months of starting a new job. Make sure to hold a 90-day review so that you can ensure your employee is on the right track. While you’re at it, open the floor for suggestions, questions, or concerns. An open line of communication is best for everyone, and the last thing you want to happen is lose an employee after seemingly spending so much time and attention to the new hire process.