After searching for the right fit for a while, you’ve just hired a new employee. Adding a new person to the team is a very big deal for your company, but it’s also life-changing for your chosen candidate.
Starting a new job typically feels both exciting and intimidating, so do everything you can to make the transition a smooth one. Here are a few tips to help your new hire feel comfortable joining your team.
Hit the Ground Running
When a candidate accepts a job offer, many companies don’t do much beyond giving them a start date — which is likely weeks away. Radio silence from you during this time can make new employees feel anxious and second-guess their decision. Avoid this by reaching out several times during the transition period. If possible, this should include having them fill out essential paperwork, so they don’t have to waste time filling out forms on their first day.
No one wants to join a team where they don’t feel wanted. Before their first day, ask a few employees the person will be working with closely to send them a welcome message. If your company has any dedicated Facebook or LinkedIn groups, you should also send them an invitation to join. This will show them how excited you are for them to join the team and help ease their first day jitters.
Send a First Day Schedule
Walking into a new company not knowing what to expect is nerve-wracking. Help your new hire relax by sending them a schedule of activities for their first day. This will ease their minds and help them mentally prepare for what’s in store. If they need to bring anything special, let them know, so they don’t feel ill-prepared.
Assign a Mentor
Getting acclimated to a new job can be rough. New hires don’t want to run to you every time they have a question — and there will be plenty — so assign a mentor to help them. Having a dedicated person to ask questions and show them the ropes will make them more comfortable. It will also help them bond with their new team members quickly.
Plan a Team Lunch
Give your new employee a warm welcome by gathering core team members for a group lunch. It doesn’t matter if you go out to a restaurant or order in, as long as everyone shows up for them. This is a great way to get to know the person and show support for their success on your team.
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