In today’s highly competitive, fast moving job market, the time between offering a candidate and them starting their new job is a critical period for employers. Some employers have made the mistake of sitting back once they have received a signed contract only to discover that their new employee is has been courted and counter-offered by their existing employer or another employer in the meantime and decides not to join.
So what can you do to keep your new employee engaged? Here are a few ideas we have learnt from our clients and candidates of what to do (and what not to do):
DO – ensure you follow up a verbal offer quickly (within 1 week max) with a full written contract
DON’T – offer a job until you have sign off to employ the person.
DO – Keep in close contact via phone, email, face to face with your new employee
DO – Invite your new employee to company events, outings, meetings in the run up to their start date
DO – Supply them with lots of interesting, engaging information about your business – one of our clients sends new candidates a ‘Welcome Video’
DON’T Sit back and assume that all is well and no contact between you and your new employee is a good thing.