Hiring new employees is a very time-intensive process. After devoting considerable resources to the cause, you want to do everything in your power to make sure your new team members are pleased they decided to accept the job at your company.
A robust onboarding process is a great way to make them feel comfortable and appreciated from the start. Below are four creative ways to roll out the red carpet.
Offer a Warm Welcome Before Their First Day
Starting a new job is a life-changing experience, so ease your new hires’ nerves by having seasoned employees reach out right after they accept the job. Invite them to a team happy hour, gather everyone into your office and give them a call on speakerphone, or simply have every employee they’ll be working with closely send them an email. Even a seemingly small gesture can go a long way in making them feel welcome.
Create a New Hire Task List
Finding your way around a new job takes time. New employees don’t want to ask for guidance every two minutes, but if you don’t help them along, they’ll get lost. Avoid this by creating a task list of items they need to accomplish at the very beginning of their tenure. If any of these activities need to be led by a seasoned employee, have them create a to-do list of their own, so they don’t accidentally let these responsibilities fall by the wayside.
Make Their First Day Special
Having a new person join your team is a big deal, so treat it accordingly. Make sure someone is at the door to greet them upon arrival, take them around and introduce them to the team and plan a group lunch. When you go out of your way to make people feel welcome, they notice and genuinely appreciate your efforts.
Help Them Ease Into Employment
Learning the ropes at a new job is a lot to take on. Let your new hires gradually ease their way in by giving them a midweek start date. It’s also wise to set their first day arrival time to late morning. This will give them a relaxing start to the day, while allowing your team time to get settled and complete any pressing tasks.
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