Do Your New Employees Feel Like Part of the Team?

Posted September 24, 2014

The first few weeks at a new job can be very stressful.  You’re anxious, but excited.  You liked meeting the people you interviewed with, but they seem to be really busy.  Your coworkers seem nice, but they have inside jokes that you don’t yet get.  It’s like being the new kid in class when everyone has known each other for years.  While a learning curve is expected at any organization, walking into a company where you don’t understand the cultural norms can be disarming and make someone question where they ended up in the right place.

Making employees feel welcome can help alleviate initial stress and lead them to becoming a successful part of your organization.  Especially in an economy where surveys reported 84 percent of employees planned to look for a new job in 2014, it’s essential to make sure your new hires feel like a valuable part of team.

6 Tips for Making Your Business Inviting to New Employees

Create a “Hello” culture.

Make a great first impression by immediately welcoming the new employee when they arrive their first morning.  Don’t leave them waiting in your lobby.  Alert your current employees that a new hire will be starting that day, and get them on board with becoming a “Hello, how are you?” culture.  This means that anytime an employee sees someone they don’t know wandering around the office, they make an effort to smile and say hello.  This simple gesture goes a long way in making new employees (and any other office visitors) feel welcome.

Set them up for success.

Welcome new employees aboard by having a designated workspace set up by their first day.  Be sure they have a completely functioning computer, phone, and any other tools.  Have your IT department set up all of their accounts and provide them with a list of passwords.  Show the employee to their workspace and let them know where they can get any additional supplies they need.  Having everything prepared ahead of time will help the new hire get up to speed much more quickly.

Provide training documents.

Many organizations suffer at the onboarding due to all of their processes and procedures being located only within their current employee’s heads.  While these employees can serve as valuable resources to new hires, they likely have a lot of work on their plate and won’t be able to spend all of their time training a new employee.  Instead, have things written down before the new hire starts.  Giving a new employee everything from a list of vendors and clients to an org chart of who does what will help them gain a better understanding of how the organization works.

Give them work.

The quickest way to make a new hire feel like part of the team is to make them feel like their presence is needed.  It’s important not to overwhelm them, but start small and give your new hire some tasks to work on right away. This will allow them to demonstrate their value and contribute to the company.  They’ll leave work the first week feeling like they’ve accomplished something.

Immerse them in your culture.

It’s essential that you do your best to make sure new employees are fitting into your culture.  Make sure they’re included in company meetings, lunches, or other outings.  Ask them to sign the congratulations or birthday cards for their coworkers, and invite them to participate in any office rituals.  If the new employee doesn’t feel connected within the company, more than likely they will not be motivated to stick around long.

Ask for feedback.

After the first few weeks, ask new employees what they found the most confusing when they started.  What parts of the processes were most difficult to comprehend?  Is there anything that would have helped them get ramped up quicker? Actively gathering this feedback can help you refine your onboarding process for the next new hire.  New employees can provide an outsider’s perspective on problems the organization is struggling with that someone too involved in the organization can’t see.

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