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Employee Onboarding: New-Hires Want Clear Performance Expectations from the Beginning

Eric Brown

Eric Brown

employee onboarding presentationToday’s new hires expect their employers to lay out the job expectations right at the start. Performance expectations are highly significant and important to employees, as well as a key factor in the success of employee onboarding and employee communications initiatives. A major concern for new hires is making sure they understand and meet the expectations of their bosses.

A great place to offer performance expectations is the all-important employee onboarding process. See your performance expectations as your company’s way of doing things and how you expect your employees to make those things happen in their daily work assignments.

How Performance Expectations Benefit Employees and Company

Performance expectations can create a foundation for revealing key aspects of an employee’s job performance throughout the year and serve as a standard for reviewing a worker’s performance in general.

When bosses and employees discuss openly and regularly the expectations of the job, the employee can quickly learn what the company desires in their work performance. Furthermore, solid and effective performance expectations can enhance employee communications and reduce turnover rate. A lack of clear performance expectations can result in strife and unhappiness in the work environment.

Managers who take the time to establish clear expectations in their employee onboarding process can reduce performance problems. Creating performance expectations can keep the employee focused on the goals, objectives, and duties of the job.

What to Include in Employee Onboarding Performance Expectations

encourage and reinforce employee engagement

You should make your performance expectations clear and concise for the employee. Performance expectations are designed to help employees see the bigger picture of the company and how they fit into it. View your performance expectations as a strategic plan that motivates, directions, offers feedback and keeps employees excited about their work.

Get employee agreement and commitment to these expectations. Make sure they are understood, and everyone is committed to making these expectations happen. Lack of clarity is often the culprit to the breakdown of many jobs or business relationships and result in poor performance and lost productivity in the workplace.

To perform their duties successfully, employees must realize what the firm expects of them. Companies can start a performance expectation by creating a current job description that outlines the essential duties, responsibilities, expected job results, and expectations of the job. Performance expectations can go further to include:

  • Services that the job produces
  • Impact of the job on the company or community
  • How employees interact with co-workers, superiors, upper management, and outside clients or customers.


No more are employees wanting to walk blindly into their jobs with little knowledge of what is expected of them. They desire their performance expectations to be highlighted in company onboarding materials. Many companies have already established a useful plan to successfully reveal the performance expectations of new-hires.

Now you see that performance expectations can impact your employees in numerous ways that will help them fulfill their duties and assist the company in reaching its goals. It is a good idea to start implementing performance expectations into your on-boarding process immediately. The results will be quite profound and beneficial, too.

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