On your new employee’s first day, it will be vital to make the right impression. The experience you give them will set the tone for the rest of their time with your organisation.
Things to do:
Welcome your new employee properly
Make sure that everyone who needs to know is aware when your new employee will be starting. If you’re unable to welcome them yourself, nominate someone to act on your behalf, and make sure your new team member is not left idling awkwardly in the waiting room.
Prepare a work space
Have a workstation set up and ready in advance of the new employee’s arrival. Seeing that they are expected and a work place is waiting for them will help to ensure they feel welcome.
Get other members of the team involved
Make sure that all current members of your team are fully prepared for the new arrival, and encourage them to introduce themselves. If they're being shy, initiate the introductions, especially with important co-workers. For a new employee, there will be nothing worse than feeling alienated from the people they are going to be working with.
Teach the basics
Think about what you would want to know on your first day in a new job. Don't make your new employee ask all the questions and end up feeling like a nuisance. Start with the work environment: Point out the bathroom, the kitchen, the printer and the supply cupboard, and all those things that will be important to them. When you’ve done this, focus on the work. Go over the employee's role in the company, but for now, just stick to the basics; you don't want your employee to feel overwhelmed on their first day. Details can come later, the aim of today is simply to make them feel part of the team.
Set up key contacts
Make sure the new employee has all the internal contact emails and phone numbers they are going to need, in particular, contact information for key individuals who can provide help and assistance when needed - such as a supervisor.
To avoid the new employee feeling they are a burden to co-workers when they ask questions, set them up with a co-worker with similar job responsibilities. If the new employee knows that this co-worker is there to help them throughout the day, they will feel more comfortable asking questions.
Join them for lunch
Don’t let your new employee eat lunch alone on their first day. Arrange to join them, and if possible involve other team members too.
Ask for feedback
Check in on the employee throughout the day. Ask questions, make sure everything is going well and that they have everything they need. This is the type of relationship you want to start with the employee from day one — open, comfortable and constructive.
Put these suggestions into practise and you can turn an employee's awkward, nerve-wracking first day into a pleasant experience that will get them excited about the new job. A comfortable employee is a productive employee, and nothing drives a company more than the hard work of people who are committed to it.
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