Managing People

Starting a New Reporting Relationship Off Right

When you start to manage, some of your direct reports will be people you don’t know yet. So what steps do you need to take to make a relationship with them more tight-knit?

Build Trust and Rapport

You could try asking newcomers a series of questions that will help you understand how to manage them best. How would they like to receive feedback, in person or through email? Is there any manager behavior they hate, like skipping 1-1s? 

Create a 30/60/90-Day Plan

Create a clear set of goals for your new hire to achieve in the first 90 days. These goals must be realistic, preferably based on the experience of your prior hires. Sometimes you will see that, unfortunately, you hired the wrong person.

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