Adding on to your team is equally as exciting as it is intimidating. Making sure the person is comfortable, that they have everything they need, and that they have a schedule set in place to get them started is important. It can be a smooth process, or a rough one depending on how you plan it out (please, plan it out). Here are some easy steps to take to properly acclimate your new hires.
Get a Plan Set Up For Them
When transitioning to a new company it can be difficult to know where to start. The first day should not be something that is left open for the employee to define. Properly acclimating a new hire means setting expectations for them and letting them know what is expected of them. The first day, or even possibly longer, should have a schedule set in place for them. This can be as detailed as you want it to be. For example, if your new employee is entering the workforce for the first time maybe you’ll put a little more detail in their schedule. Conversely, if they are well experienced you can assume they’ll be more comfortable in their new role and take the reins so to speak.
Give Them the Tools They Need
Provide them with everything they’ll need to come out of the gate and be successful. Help familiarize them with processes and people they will deal with on a regular basis. This could be different for every employee or department so take special care when going through this process. Don’t assume they know how the company runs, it is their first day after all.
Make Them Feel Valued
Remind them why they were hired in the first place. You brought them on because you saw a need that had to be filled and they were the key to filling it. Make it apparent that they made the right choice in accepting the job offer and making the transition to your company. At the end of the day everyone wants to feel like their work matters and if they don’t, they’ll eventually move on and use their talents elsewhere.
This all might seem pretty obvious, but I think sometimes we forget to slow down and take the proper steps to make newcomers feel welcome and like they have a place in the company. Think back to when you were new - what worked well for you? What do you wish would have been done differently? Those are the things that matter.
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