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90-Day Tactical Plan is Key for Organizations and Staffing

Starting a new job is a daunting task for most employees and includes understanding the key issues that need to be addressed within an organization. While an employee spends the majority of time learning new responsibilities, processes and technology, the organization is expected to function and operate “business as usual.”

In Mark Egan’s book, The First 90 Days, the author describes why this period is so critical in the tenure of the employee. One of the recommendations Egan makes is the development of a 90-day tactical plan. The plan should be developed together, by the employee and the supervisor, to balance on-boarding and address key issues.

Organizations, particularly today with fewer staff, have to work efficiently when it comes to changing employees. The tactical plan should address key issues that will affect the employee to their organization. This plan should include:

  1. Issues and decisions that must be addressed immediately. Even though an employee might be new, the responsibilities that come with the job will require decisions to be made, no matter how experienced the new employee may or may not be. The supervisor should make themselves available to the employee to help them in any way. The new staff member should demonstrate their skills while making sure that business is running as normal.
  2. An effective communication plan is critical for the tactical plan. The head of the organization, or the new employee’s supervisor, should stay in touch to make sure the new position is fully understood, including the responsibilities that come along with it.
  3. Develop a system that will help the employee keep track of past and upcoming projects. This will help them understand how the organization has worked, and what it will take for them to be successful.

Tactical activities are different for each job and each organization. However, the key points above should help the organization in avoiding projects and activities from not being completed, while eliminating gaps in service.