By Hanah Cho
(From June 27, 2015 edition of the Dallas Morning News)
With graduation season over, it’s a good time to discuss how managers can best work with newly minted graduates. James Thompson, CEO of Dallas-based technology staffing company The Insource Group, offers tips for making on-the-job stars out of those transitioning from campus life to corporate culture.
Know your audience
The college graduates are a digital generation comfortable with electronic communication. If your organization communicates primarily through email and social media channels, your new hires will fit right in. However, if the approach is more traditional, then expect to coach them on face-to-face interaction.
Set the ground rules
State specifically when the workday starts and ends, and that the lunch hour is just that — one hour. Remind them that social media, video games, web browsing and personal calls are for after work. And remember to lead by example.
Let them know that showing up 30 minutes early and staying 30 minutes late means more productivity, more results. That’s good for the business and their budding careers.
As they are new to the working world as well as your organization, be sure to manage expectations about their career path while communicating specifics about what’s expected of their role within the organization. Regular progress reports are a good way to accomplish this.
Teach respect for the business
Perhaps the toughest thing about managing new hires — or anyone — is getting them to understand that management decisions are made for what’s best for the organization. Most of us want what’s in our best interest regardless of how it affects others. Explain to new hires that they are part of a team and should act accordingly. That may mean giving up a day off to get a proposal finished or working all weekend to make sure the product gets delivered on time.