Each day I think of a lesson I have learned in life and then I share it on this blog, in case life did not teach you a lesson today. You can borrow mine.
One of my favorite things in the world is training new hires. I love being the Ambassador to the company culture, watching them learn, and helping them take the next (or sometimes first) step in their career. Maybe my favorite part of training, though, is at the end, when I ask the new hires how I can improve as a trainer.
Of course, I never ask that question directly because people are polite and reluctant to tell you something bad about yourself, especially if you have hiring and firing authority. Instead, I ask them things like, “Looking back at your training so far… if you could, what is one piece of advice you would give to the next group of new hires? What would you want to tell them to help them prepare for a successful training?”
I almost always hear great answers that help me tweak or shape the company culture and training team further. During the last round of training, though, I heard a particular great answer that I thought all leaders could benefit from.
When asked what advice you would give the next group of trainees, one new hire thought about it, and she said, “I would tell them they are here for a reason. Like, ‘we chose you because…’ When I got here, I had to remind myself these people would not have picked me for the job or paid to have me here if they did not believe in me…”
Not only that, but also each new hire was chosen over all the other applicants for the position. They were picked for that specific role because whoever hired them believed them to be the best of the best.
New hires are nervous and anxious–a new job or career is stressful. There is obviously, the stress of whatever came before it (being out of work, working somewhere with a toxic culture, starting a new life, etc.) but there is also the stress of wondering if they have made a good decision. There is the stress of wondering if the company thinks it has made a good decision in hiring them. They may even feel a bit of impostor syndrome (feeling as if you do not deserve your success and soon everyone will figure out you are a fraud–even though you are not).
By sharing her advice for the next round of new hires, that trainee contributed much more than she thought with that sentence.
Now, every new hire will be reminded why they were picked to be on our team, and that we are truly happy to have them there (because we picked them!).