Talent Pairings – Are Yours Accidental or Intentional?

There is something about a new hire coming into the office. New skills. Fresh Ideas. Different background. The new person is excited about the new role and new employer, and hopefully the established employees are eager to have additional skills and energy in the office.

How will that individual learn the job and become a contributor to the success of the business? Development is one person’s job. Yours. Well, for you any way. It’s my job for me, your job for you. Your success and development are up to you. But if you lead others, then you are a major influence in how their development occurs. Do you encourage or require external training or the maintenance of credentials through professional development? Do you have routine discussions with your employees to discuss their development with them? Do you mentor each one the same, or do you spend more time with the ones that are more aligned to your thinking?

And when you bring new talent into the organization, do you consider who they should be paired with to learn their role? Did you consider what type of skill and background would best support the new person? Did you consider how a current employee might benefit quickly from being assigned a project with the new person?

Some people make the mistake of assigning the new person to someone who they think the person will identify with. Someone who is similar to them. But I would like to suggest you pair a new employee with someone who has a complementary skills set, or a development plan that would move forward faster if the two employees worked together.

Downtown Roswell, GA on a warm spring day

Some people might look at the sign in the picture and see it as promoting two separate items, and for someone else it might be a favorite combination. Two unrelated food items that go very well together. And there are times when we make accidental pairings at work that end up working well together. But I recommend intentional pairings. The next time you bring new people into your team, consider that first pairing. It can affect more than just the new hire. It could be the most important pairing since peanut butter and chocolate.

Leave a reply