Written by Guest Author | July 26, 2016
Employing a new member of staff can be both an exciting and daunting time for all involved. Whether you have relied on the help of recruitment experts or you have recruited in-house, the first few days on the job can be a telling time for both the employee and employer – are they really suitable for the position, and do they enjoy it?
Here at Webrecruit, we’ve rounded up six of the best ways you can make your new employees feel welcome from day one.
1. Make a good impression
Of course, you will want your employee to make a great first impression, but it’s also vital for the employer to do much the same. Make sure your newbie’s working environment is clean and tidy and that any technology or administration has been dealt with before their arrival, as well as that you welcome them with a smile and a friendly handshake.
The most obvious way to welcome a new employee is to show them around the office and introduce them to important figures within the organisation – the sooner you can open communication channels, the more effective and productive your employee will be.
2. Take time out from your schedule to help
If you are responsible for your new employee, make sure you take time out of your schedule to welcome them and help them to settle into their role. Whether this means daily one-on-ones, time shadowing the new employee or taking them out for lunch, they will appreciate the effort.
3. Make them feel like part of the team
Locking out new employees from incentives and benefits is bad for morale – be sure to make sure your employee feels like part of the team from the moment they step through the door. This includes giving them space in the staffroom for their belongings and the same perks as the other members of staff.
4. Offer training and educational programs
If your new employee is facing a particular challenge or has a skills gap that you would like them to work on, offer educational programs or training to give them the incentive to learn and grow.
A new employee is likely to have lots of questions, but also lots of ideas. Let them know that contributions are welcome, and even when you don’t agree on a particular thought, give them confidence and acknowledge their suggestions.
6. Don’t make them feel like they’re on a probationary period
If your new employee feels like they’re being constantly monitored and assessed, they’re likely to underperform and take longer to settle into their job. Be sure to make them feel relaxed and at home, and let them know that they’re a valuable asset to the team.
Looking for the assistance of the right recruitment experts? Contact the experts at Webrecruit so that you can benefit from suitably tailored guidance and help with matching the perfect talent to your vacancy.