Remember the first day of school when you were little? The excitement, the anxiety, the unknown – all the emotions! Starting a new job can elicit the same feelings as we felt on those tender days in grade school…regardless of how old we get. Being the new kid on the block can be tough even in the workplace. As an employer, you want to make your new hire’s transition into your company a smooth one – otherwise, don’t be surprised if she starts looking for another opportunity by the weekend!
Effectively welcoming your new hire will set her up for success on day 1 and have a lasting impact on her performance and engagement in the weeks and months ahead. To make her experience top-notch, here are a few ideas to consider:
No one likes to spend their first day filling out tons of paperwork. Your best bet? Automation. Finding a technology that fits your organization can be a life saver (not to mention time and expense!). Automation reduces administrative work and provides a user-friendly experience with much of the process completed before the new hire ever walks in the door.
New Hire Agenda
When it comes to onboarding, one of the best things you can do is to have a new hire agenda. The agenda should include activities before her start date, on her first day, first week, 30 days, and 60 days out. Your new hire should meet with key team members, discuss performance expectations, gain access to company technologies, and participate in training opportunities. The agenda helps to keep everyone on track.
Make Resources Available
During a new hire’s first week, it is imperative that he receives access to all the resources that will help him to be effective. In addition to having a new hire onboarding presentation (on day one), providing employee directories, how-to-guides, and other resources will help your new hire navigate his new landscape quickly.
It Takes a Village
As part of the agenda, it is critical that your new hire meets as many key team members as possible. Engage executive team members, other departments, and anyone he will frequently interact with. Building relationships early is important to helping your new hire feel like a valued member of the team.
Rest assured…you have already made a great impression during the recruiting process – after all, she has accepted your offer! But don’t make the mistake of thinking the honeymoon phase is over on day one. It has only just begun.
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