A new perspective is always very valuable. That’s why companies hire the most expensive consultants, for advice and audits. But when you hire your new colleague you have the same ‘new perspective’. Why not tap into that by asking for feedback to him/her?
Give your new colleague a notebook and ask him/her to write down every observation he/she thinks is worthy to write down. It would be even more valuable if he/she has ideas to improve some things. It can be difficult for your new colleague to be really honest, because he/she literally just started. Make him/her feel comfortable by making sure the feedback is used with care and how valuable it is to the company.
Set an appointment in your calendar for a month (or whatever period you think is good) with yourself and the new colleague. And discuss his/her learnings and feedback. Share your view as well and most importantly be honest about what you are going to do with it.
If you actually changed things based on the feedback, don’t forget to share the results back with the new recruit. Inspire other teams to do the same.
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