11 Ways To Welcome A New Employee To Your Company
The first day of a new job can be a nerve wracking experience. A new office, unfamiliar faces, and a new job can make even the most confident job candidate feel overwhelmed and anxious. It’s human nature. We’ve all been in that job candidate’s shoes. As a hiring manager it’s your job to ensure that you take the time to properly welcome a new employee to your company.
Making a new employee feel welcomed in to the culture and be a part of the team is an important step in that employee’s transition process. It can help to alleviate stress and set them up for long term success.
HR professionals understand that their employees are the company’s most valuable asset. You’ve invested in this new employee and while you want them to get to work ASAP, you also must understand that it takes time to adjust to a new environment, to learn the ropes, and to become productive.
Here are a few ways to welcome a new employee to your company:
- Send a welcome letter/email or make a phone call before the new employee starts work. Reach out to see how you can help.
- Set up their space and projects before they arrive. Make sure the new employee has a desk, chair, and all of the things they need to do their job.
- Create a company goodie basket. Leave a basket of useful company products, information, and other things that will make their new job easier.
- Send an email announcement to your current staff that introduces the new hire.
- Greet the new employee when they arrive for their first day of work.
- Introduce them to the team and schedule time for everyone to do something fun where they can bond – an outing, happy hour, or lunch works well.
- Give them a tour of your office and facilities so that they know the lay of the land.
- Get them hands on with your products and services. This helps the new employee to truly understand what you do and why you do it.
- Implement a buddy/mentor system so that the new employee has a contact to ask questions and seek advice.
- Give them something to do. You hired them to work, but start them off with a few small tasks so they feel busy and productive right away.
- Invite them to lunch so you can log a little one-on-one time with your newest team member.
Hiring a new employee is a big deal. Make them feel welcomed and appreciated as soon as they are hired. It may take a few weeks or even a few months for that employee to be operating a full capacity, so hold their hand for a bit. Make them feel a part of the team and a part of the company culture.
Be patient and welcome a new employee properly. It will make a world of difference for you down the line.