How To Welcome New Employees
9 October 2017
The first day of any job – whether you’re the office junior or a high-flying CEO – can be a daunting experience. It’s an entirely new environment; new set of faces; new challenges ahead. Even the simple things like where you’ll get stationary from to where you should eat lunch can be a little nerve-wracking. You have to get used to a different layout, routine and, perhaps, a different commute.
And we’ve all been the newbie at some point in our lives – even if it was a very long time ago. That’s why it’s so important that, when onboarding new recruits, you give them a positive and welcoming experience that confirms to them the fact that they’ve made the right decision to join your company.
Here are our top tips for welcoming a new employee into your business.
Pre-Start Date Introduction
A great idea is to get a new employee’s line manager to take them out for lunch prior to their start date, if this is possible. Invite a few team members from across the business and do all you can to reassure any last minute nerves. If a range of existing employees go, it will give your new start an overview of the business and a few familiar faces on their first day.
Fully Equipped Desk
It sounds simple, but you’d be surprised at how little some companies do to prepare for a new start. Ensure their desk or work station is fully set up in terms of computers, phones, printers and anything else they might need. Put together a little stationary bundle of pens, notepads, calendar and any other relevant items so that they don’t have to seek these things out on day one. A mug will never go amiss either.
Whilst pointing out the main exists and so forth is an essential part of health and safety, a building tour should also include showing your new employee where the bathrooms are, where they can eat lunch, where they can smoke (if necessary) and where any other departments are that they will need to liaise with as part of their new role.
Take your new start round your various departments and introduce them to the relevant managers. Encourage your managers to be able to discuss what they are responsible for and how they can help. Be able to clearly and concisely give a little bit of background information about your new start and the role they will be undertaking.
Facts and Forms
Make sure that the inevitable amount of ‘new start paperwork’ isn’t too overwhelming. Give your employee a company handbook to read over at their leisure and any other relevant material that you think will help them to settle in. Of course, ensure that all the important documentation is ready to sign. If your company has a dress code, talk this through with your new start and give clear examples of what is and isn’t acceptable.
The most important part of an onboarding process is making someone feel welcome, and that the contribution they are about to make to your business will be an important one.
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Written By Mary Palmer