How to Make an Employee’s First 90 Days Successful


Depending on your business and the job you’ve recently hired for, these policies can obviously vary. But in short, there are four items you as a company and as a manager you need to focus on in the first three months for your new employee.

1. Engaging the new employee by communicating and asking how things are going and by taking them to lunch or coffee, even if it’s just in the office.

2. Maintaining an open-door policy as a manager and ensure that this is communicated to every employee, not just the new hire. This exudes that if they have questions, you’ll be there for them.

3. Include both short- and long-term projects for the new hire from an early stage. New employees feel an inherent desire to contribute to the business right away. You don’t want them working on the big projects, though, until they’re really up to speed on the way your company works.

4. In addition to a regular meeting that managers should set up, ensure that the new employee’s direct manager conducts a review at the end of the first 90 days that actually involves the employee (make it two-way feedback).

5. Sponsoring and organizing company get-togethers, formally or informally—anything from coffee and donuts in the conference room to a happy hour or a retreat can bring the staff together and encourage a team atmosphere.

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