Starting a new job, or moving to a new team, can be a daunting experience. It's not unusual for it to take weeks or even months before you feel that you're actually being productive, and it's often necessary to rely on others being able to carve out some free time to help show you how things get done.

This can be slow and frustrating. It's a struggle for both the new team member and the existing team to get over this integration hump and into the zone where everyone is working together in synchronous harmony.

Wouldn't it be great if there was a repository of living documentation about how your team works, and how any team member can reliably perform and repeat the processes your team has put in place to work more effectively?

Bringing new team members on board is easier when your processes are documented

One of the hidden benefits of using a tool like Harmonia is that as well as providing helpful structure for existing team members to perform tasks, it also is a great support for helping new team members to get up to speed quickly and efficiently with how your team works.

The key to an effective task is making it as easy as possible to repeat. This isn't always easy to achieve, but is well worth investing in as it quickly pays dividends in the form of:

  • less time spent each week trying to remember how to perform a task
  • less time spent worry about whether or not the task was done properly last week.
  • most importantly: less effort required to actually perform the task.

By creating your tasks with clear and easily-repeatable instructions, everyone will find it easier, but none more so than new people joining your team.