You spend a lot of time, money and effort to bring on the most qualified, new employees. But no matter how much time you’ve spent searching for and wooing your ideal new hires, that effort may be wasted if you don’t properly welcome them onto your staff.
Properly welcomed employees should be able to hit the ground running, ready to work hard, tackle projects and share fresh ideas with a feeling of empowerment and a sense of contribution. However, if you brush aside this introduction process, your new hires will feel lost and unattached, leading to frustration and underperformance.
Remember, you’ve invested a lot to find new hires, so take the time to follow these simple and effective steps toward protecting your investment.
- Focus on the basics: New employees should feel welcomed the second they walk through your door. Sit them at a clean work area that’s ready to use, and arrange for badges and systems to be updated with their new credentials on day one.
- Set them up: Set up new employees with a coworker who can answer all of their “introductory” questions. That way, they don’t have to ask their boss about all of the small stuff.
- Match a mentor: Pair new employees with a mentor to help them navigate the ins and outs of the company.
- Spell it out: Tell new employees exactly what they will be responsible for and arrange to have regular check-in meetings.
- Train comprehensively: In addition to training in company processes and computer systems, be sure to instill a broader sense of company culture.
Help your new employees start strong so that they can be successful and want to stick around for a long time, and you’ll be sure to see a strong return on your investment.
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