As we prepare to launch into induction season, we’ve picked our top three tips from a recent favourite read to help you ensure the first steps taken by your new joiners are a giant leap forward for your organisation.

  1. Sweat the small stuff

During a space walk outside the safety of his shuttle, Hadfield was rendered effectively blind. The mission was aborted. Why? Because they didn’t have ‘no more tears’ soap. After cleaning his visor with standard soap, a small amount of residue had floated free and landed in his eye, blocking his tear duct and causing a life-threatening series of complications.

Small details can have a significant impact on the new joiner experience. With complex systems and the high stakes, sweating the small stuff in advance can save a lot of hassle when it matters the most and boost the new joiner experience.

Increasingly, we help organisations adopt a personalised approach, for example using preferred names in event communications and sharing personal stories. These details boost engagement and demonstrate a genuine interest in the individual. What little details can you incorporate?

  1. Treat people around you like they are the last people in the world

Hadfield recalls one shuttle mission where the chief astronaut had a reputation for arrogance and extreme competitiveness. Whilst receiving feedback on progress in front of mission control, this astronaut publicly and personally insulted Hadfield. Hadfield stayed calm and professional, and continued to deliver his feedback to the mission’s crew in a constructive way.

Use induction to get your early talent aligned with your organisation’s workplace culture, values and the mind-sets needed to get ahead. For example, by instilling a self-reflective mind-set at induction, you can ensure that they make a lasting, positive impression on the business. Getting business for giving feed-forward not back, building a future-focused culture based upon learning and development.

  1. Step back, get a bit of perspective

Surely seeing everything you’ve ever known, as a tiny spec, must make a person feel small and insignificant? Hadfield disagrees. He describes how the experience enhanced his sense of ‘personal obligation’ to protect our planet. Melting ice caps, deforestation, volcanoes and droughts all suddenly became very real and very visible.

Early talent can quickly go from being big fish in a small pond to small fish, swimming upstream. To ensure that your early talent better understands the bigger picture and sets off on the right track, why not train them on their new system at your induction? Getting new joiners to see overall business goals alongside their individual contribution is a proven way of maximising ROI whilst establishing positive mind-sets and behaviours.

Back down to earth

Hadfield’s impressive adventures can be so easily applied to our own early-talent space. Sweating the small stuff, establishing positive behaviours and establishing perspective can make a huge difference to the success of a mission. With the count-down to your induction ticking and your preparations for launch well under-way, pause for a second and remember, you and your team are shaping the future leaders of tomorrow.

By Colette Weston

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