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3 Pointers for Setting Expectations for New Hires

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

As you open the door to new staff, don't wait too long before establishing clear protocols. Cover these key items to ensure employees' strong start.

1. Define critical milestones, deliverables, and deadlines.


Reiterate the meaning of the work and your expectations for the deliverables, including quality, speed, and amount of time spent. Setting those guidelines early will help workers understand what you expect of them in their new roles.

2. Maintain open lines of communication.

Successful onboarding—especially in virtual or hybrid workplaces—entails establishing ground rules for communication, including expectations of the means and frequency with which you will communicate.


3. Provide detailed feedback.

Once a new hire completes their first milestone, give them specific feedback so they can better understand your needs and produce on-point, high-value work.

About the Author

Shahar Erez is a co-founder and the CEO of Stoke, an on-demand talent platform empowering companies to adopt a hybrid workforce model that scales as quickly and efficiently as needed.. A tech-scene veteran in Israel and Silicon Valley, Erez has 15 years of executive experience in engineering, product, and marketing under his belt at companies like HP, VMware, and Kenshoo. He has built a reputation as a strategic thinker who leads organizational change and drives growth by developing talent and promoting a learning culture.

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