New Hire Resources Your First 6 Months
Reflection, Then Forging Ahead
- Put some energy into understanding your benefits. Review the pointers below about qualifying life events and plan summary information on the Benefits website.
- If you haven't had opportunity to take a tour, enjoy the Ridley-Tree museum, or enjoy the beautiful gardens, take the time during lunch, after work, or on weekends to enjoy our surroundings! The Visitor Information website gives you loads of ideas on fun and educational activities on campus.
- Want to take a class at Westmont? Review the Employee Handbook for details on this great benefit.
Ongoing Management of Your Benefits
At any point in time during your employment, you may experience changes in your personal or work life that affect your benefits. When a "life event" takes place, you may be able to make mid-year changes to some or all of your benefit elections. Review qualifying life events and what they mean to you on the Benefits Website.
Recommended Questions to Ask
Now that you're approaching six months in your role, your thoughts may shift to looking forward while identifying any "lessons learned" in your initial months on the job. These questions are most appropriately answered by your immediate supervisor:
- What are the top priorities for our department for the next six months?
- What are the measures of success for the projects/programs/services/work I am doing or managing? In other words, how will you and I both know if my contributions are effective and lead to success?
- Moving forward, what ways can I best add value to our department?
- Typically, your manager will schedule a meeting at the end of your introductory period to review your performance and mutually discuss possible areas for improvement along with setting goals for the next review period. Be prepared for that meeting by clarifying:
- What your key accomplishments were for your first six months; think of your primary contributions, or ways that students, co-workers, or others expressed gratitude to you for your efforts.
- Ways you think your performance could be improved, and if there are specific tools or training that you think would be beneficial to you.
- Identify the specific goals and objectives, if applicable, that you have met.