The hiring process involves more than reviewing resumes, interviewing candidates, and extending an offer. You also have to onboard and train each new hire. To help you do that and set a positive tone for their first days and weeks on the job, here are a few tips for welcoming new employees.
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Tip #1: Send out paperwork before their start date.
If there’s paperwork they can complete and submit online ahead of time, send it out to them. This helps you focus on welcoming them the first day instead of getting a badge, clearance and dealing with other necessary but time-consuming red tape.
Tip #2: Set up a space for them.
Make sure their office or cubicle is set up and ready for them. It’s uncomfortable and awkward if, for instance, they arrive and a workstation isn’t available, or their phone or computer isn’t working. Avoid this by making sure they’ll have access to everything they need once they arrive.
Tip #3: Give your employees a heads up.
Before your new hire begins, let your team know when they will start and what they will be doing on the job. Encourage them to set a welcoming tone and be open to helping the new hire get settled. This will help ease the transition process.
Tip #4: Discuss exceptions from the beginning.
Let your new hire know what you expect from the start. Set clear goals for them, define timelines, and provide them with the support and resources they need to get up and running as quickly as possible.
Tip #5: Educate them about the company culture and mission.
This is another aspect of the training process, and it should be ongoing. Educating them about the company mission, vision, values, and culture will help them get integrated faster and feel like a part of the team.
Tip #6: Pair them with a buddy.
Choose wisely and make sure it’s someone who is experienced yet patient and understanding. They can help walk your new hire through any software programs or technology your company uses. They can also become the go-to person for any job-related questions.
Tip #7: Take them to lunch.
It’s a small gesture that sends a big message. When you do this, though, you’re showing your new hire from the start that you’re excited for them to a be a part of your company.
Tip #8: Follow up with them.
Make sure you’re following up with your new hire, at first regularly and then occasionally at 30, 60 and 90 days. Also, let them know your door is open to them should questions or concerns arise.
Tip #9: Formalize your process.
When you follow the same process for each new hire, it makes a positive first impression and also helps you better retain new hires.
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