Set new employees up for success. Take ten minutes to write down clear expectations and measureable goals. Ask yourself the question: if this new person completely knocks it out of the park in the next six months, what specific things will they have done in the first 30, 90 and 180 days? Write these activities down, and show them to the new employee. Then they will know what’s expected, and you will both know if they are being successful. If they aren’t completing their goals you have early visibility to course correct.
Better yet, make them stretch goals. New employees will reach them because they want to succeed and aren’t laden with company history or politics – they may prove something can be done that was heretofore impossible. (It’s amazing what one can do when one doesn’t know what one can’t do.)
Still better, put these expectations directly in your hiring ad and you will streamline the selection of candidates. Go-getters and 10x performers will be attracted to the challenge, especially if the Sufi notions of success are clear. Lazy or energy-draining people will self-select themselves out.