May 13, 2013
So what do you do?
Well, first of all, know that this is very common with new employees! The first few months on a job involves so many new things – a new schedule, a lot of new learning, a new boss which can create a feeling of being on display and evaluated all the time, meeting new people, having lots of new details to remember, it is frankly exhausting! So it is common for new employees, especially those who want to do a good job and may have some perfectionist tendencies, to really give it their all during this period and that is just not sustainable. So, as time goes on they feel more and more tired and start to question if the job is something they can do. In positions that have a big learning curve, the feelings of inadequacy can be even stronger as the employee can feel like they have forgotten everything they knew coming in, never mind remembering all the new stuff they have been told since they started!
What about your orientation process? What are you doing to help new employees balance all the new learning in their first few months on the job?