New team members are often apprehensive about meeting their new colleagues. After all, new employees in a company are a mix of past team members and new ones. This makes it tough for everyone to get to know each other in the very early stages of an organization’s transition from a single employee to a team of several. However, the most important first impression is always lasting ones. And there are no better venue and time to cement that impression than a first meeting with your new team. Whether you are taking over a new team or you are a first time manager, here is how to run that meeting as a great manager.
Meet the new team for the first time before the transition. Tell them you will introduce them to your staff at the upcoming staff meeting and then talk to them about what each person expects from you. Tell them you expect them to be well informed and prepared for their role in the organization, as well as to listen and learn. It is important for new members to be well versed in their role and also to understand their duties. You want to give them a good feeling they can count on in the future, even if it does take some time for them to get to know everyone else in the office. Tell them you would like them to be present at all staff meetings so that they will feel comfortable knowing that they have a positive impact on the work of their colleagues. This way, they will be motivated to contribute to the success of the organization and this will also encourage them to work harder.
The next step is to present the agenda for the meeting. This should include the goals of the meeting and the tasks for the day and week ahead. Include any new team assignments and new members expected to attend. Ask your staff to write down any questions they may have, especially for the new members. It is also important to show some respect to your new team members during the meeting. Show them respect by speaking to their superiors, showing them that you will respect their opinions and that you will be interested in learning more about their experience.