Making sure a new employee feels welcome is important so that both the employee and the other co-workers start out on the right foot together. The first few days on the job set the tone for job satisfaction levels later. Showing the employee around the office and making her feel like an immediate part of the team is vital. Several simple activities go a long way in helping to welcome a new employee.
A Wealth of Information
New employees appreciate knowing where to find the cafeteria and how to fill out their time sheets properly, among other simple everyday activities. A welcome packet describing how to get around the new company helps employees settle in. An introduction letter from the president, a list of vacation days and a set of basic supplies can be included in the kit. Include interesting tidbits about the company, such as a list of acronyms specific to the organization. It helps to give the new employees the company basics in written form so they can review it in their own time.
Provide an Orientation
A formal orientation session provides an opportunity for a recently hired employee to interact with his new environment. Plan a schedule of events that tells an employee how to get around the building or campus. Include a tour of the company's facilities that includes stops at important places, such as the copier and break rooms. Company policies and benefits such as health insurance can be further discussed at this event.
Give Him Some Space
Before an employee starts his first day, clear out a space designated just for him. In some companies, this will be an office, and in other organizations, only a locker may be assigned. Regardless of the company size, the employee feels more welcome when he can call some kind of space his own. Make sure the previous employee's belongings are cleared out so the new worker can start fresh.
In addition to sending online announcements via interoffice email, verbal introductions make a new employee feel valued and like she is an important addition to the organization. Rather than letting her fend for herself, take her around to different departments and have her meet as many people as possible. Also plan to formally introduce her at an upcoming staff meeting. These actions help company productivity, also, as the employee knows where to go when she needs something, which saves time, and other co-workers can look out for the new employee if she needs help.
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