Supporting employees can be especially challenging for those are entering a hybrid working world.
Today many companies have opted for a hybrid working structure. Whilst this adds flexibility, some employees may feel disconnected from others. Gen Zs, and millennials, may face feel this more strongly than others, due to many of them recently entering the workforce.
To make new employees feel more connected, try the following:
When onboarding it may be easier for that person to go into the office as doing so remotely can be quite daunting for a new joiner. Going in will enable them to get to know others and soak up information.
Match them with the right line manager (if possible)
Try pairing new employees with managers who will understand them. To figure this out, you could try using a personality test to see who’s working style is similar or complementary to theirs.
Coaching and on-going support
Support young employees by having regular check-ins. Give them frequent feedback so they can continue to improve. According, to Glint’s 2021 report, opportunities to improve skills is the top factor that people consider essential in a great work environment.
Ease them in
If someone has come straight from the education system, they may get a shock entering into the working world. Allow them to adjust to their new environment and monitor their workload, so they don’t get swamped too early on.
Try encouraging employees to get together at drinks afterwork, socials or even team building workshops. This will enable them to get to know each other better and build relationships.
Lots of organisations have a buddy system. This is where new employees are paired up with a buddy, who is usually someone who joined the company around a year ago or so. This is someone who they can go to more informally than their line manager for advice and guidance.
Encourage them to speak up
Frequently, young employees struggle to voice concerns, due to many organisations being hierarchal. To ensure your employees are happy, which is vital to maximise productivity, you need to create a psychologically safe space where they can raise any issues.
Prioritise mental health
Today there is an increased focus on employee well-being. Make sure your company culture is one that encourages people to focus on their health. This is especially important when supporting employees, as well as attracting talent. This is because, according to a LinkedIn Survey, 66% of Gen Z want a company culture that focuses on mental health.