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Have you ever hired a new employee, had great hopes for how they would turn out, then a few short weeks later, be very disappointed in that employee’s performance?

It’s possible you made a hiring mistake. It’s also possible you made some critical mistakes in onboarding the employee. Perhaps you got busy, the employee’s manager was busy, no one trained the manager in how to onboard employees…And, well let’s face it, some important training and orientation to your business culture slipped through the cracks—all in an effort just to keep things moving and take care of customers. 

This happens all too often in small businesses. Overworked small business owners hire a good employee, but unwittingly set that employee up to become warm bodies collecting paychecks.

Payroll is one of the biggest expenses in small business. Taking steps to optimize employee performance directly impacts your profit. 

Here are 3 simple steps you can take right away to set your new employees up for success:

  • Define clear, measurable results you are expecting from this role.
  • Define 30, 60 and 90-day goals for training. Be very specific in terms of the skills you expect the employee to demonstrate at each of these benchmarks.
  • Implement Weekly 1:1s. Schedule brief meetings each week with your new employee. Check in with respect to the employee’s progress toward the training goals. Identify wins and successes for the employee. Tell the employee what he or she is doing right and what you want to see more of! Ask about any challenges the employee is having. Identify aspects of the role the employee is struggling with. Ask the employee what support he or she needs from you to be successful. 

Setting clear expectations and following up with regular communication and feedback dramatically increases a good employees potential for long-term success with you. 

 SabrinaDr. Sabrina Schleicher recognizes that employee  problems can be one of the biggest stumbling  blocks for any business owner.   With her background in psychology, and years of driving profit in small businesses, Dr. Schleicher knows what it takes to find, keep and get exceptional performance out of your biggest investment-your employees. Access her comprehensive video training 5 Secrets to Exceptional Employee Performance (her gift to you!) at

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