The employment market is tight. In today’s economy, there are more jobs than there are qualified workers. You have finally hired the perfect person to fill your open job. Don’t lose them on their first day. Taking the time to make your new hire feel welcome may not only result in better employee retention, it may also result in some great employee referrals.
Here are some helpful tips to welcome your new employees:
- Remember that they are starting. Don’t laugh; all too often a new employee shows up to blank stares and that is not the way to tell someone you are happy they have joined your company. If you have a reception area, make sure you tell your front office staff who you are expecting and who should be contacted when they arrive. A small welcome sign is a nice touch. Be present and make sure they know that they are a priority in your day.
- Assign a New Employee Mentor. Do you have an employee that is always looking for leadership opportunities? Give them the chance to be a new employee mentor. Having a single point of contact to ask questions is very reassuring to a new employee and gives the new employee an immediate connection.
- Spread out the Paperwork. New hire paperwork is a necessary evil. Between payroll paperwork, procedure sign offs, and training/procedure logs, new employees could easily be left alone for hours reading manuals, watching videos and completing forms. Spread it out a little; that much time alone can make new employees feel isolated and definitely not part of the team.
- Create a Space. Make sure your new hires have workspace, basic supplies and working technology. Give them a little time to get their work area set up, letting them know where to request or obtain additional office supplies. Show them how to use the phone system. Have your IT department assist them in getting logged into their computer and make sure that they have access to whatever systems they need to start their training. Also make sure that they have an ID, security card, or whatever else is necessary for them to get in and out of your facility as a staff member.
- Give Them a Plan. Most employees appreciate knowing what is expected of them and when. Often, a timeline or orientation checklist gives a new employee a visual of what they need to accomplish. Be sure to include contact information for each area, in case the employee has questions.
- Be Sensitive to the Schedule. Is Monday your busiest day of the week? Don’t start someone on a Monday. Does your business become a ghost town on Friday afternoons during the summer? Avoid Friday starts. When you plan the first day for a new employee, think about the other people that will be needed to make them feel welcome, and be sure that the start day and time makes sense for all those involved.
- Give team-led tours. Make sure your new employees get to know your business. One great way to do this is by giving them a tour and having someone in that department/area introduce the new hires to the staff in that department and tell them a little more about what they do, and how they may be interacting in the future. Don’t forget to show them the restrooms, where they can hang up their coat, where they can eat their lunch, and any other common areas that may be important to them.
- Make time for social connections. A great thing to do on an employee’s first day is take the time to offer an opportunity to connect and get to know some of your staff on a more casual level. Think about a breakfast, or lunch, or even a casual after work get together. Be sure to tell them ahead of time, so they don’t make other plans that they need to awkwardly cancel.
You only get one chance to make a first impression; make sure the first impression you make is a positive one. An award-winning staffing expert in Southeastern Wisconsin in manufacturing, clerical, professional and light industrial placements, Nissen Staffing Continuum can help you make your next great hire. As your strategic partner, we’ll help you take your staffing initiatives to the next level, whether it’s onsite programs, direct hire placement, temp-to-hire programs or temporary staffing with our team of recruiters that are supported by a full-time sourcing department. For more information about how we can help you find great employees, contact us today and allow us to help you with your HR needs so you can focus on your company’s success!