Welcoming new recruits into your company is important to get right, it’s the start of their journey in your workplace and getting off to a good start will help them get settled in faster. Many companies do the usual greetings, this includes employee introductions and so on, but always try to go that extra mile to make sure staff feel comfortable.
Most employees are intimidated having to walk into a busy new office, so instead of mentioning a few names and leaving them to get on with it, take the time to bring them around each of their new colleagues and introduce them face to face. Organise a work lunch or after work drinks for them on their first day to properly immerse them into the company culture.
Send a recruit a company handbook about the company policies to give them a better understanding of what they need to know, as well as being able to arrive on their first day with a few relevant questions about the company culture.
Asking employees to fill out a personality test is a great way to gain insight into the type of worker they are and is a fun task for them. The personality test will reveal either a kinesthetic worker, auditory or visual worker. Kinesthetic workers prefer a handshake, visual people like written communication and auditory opt for verbal.
Assigning a manager to be their mentor for the first month will allow them to voice any concerns or ideas they have. Make sure that you reinforce an open-door policy to them as there may be certain aspects, they would rather chat about with you. Every so often bring them out for a coffee or arrange a one-to-one meeting to check on them and their progress.
Leaving a ‘welcome pack’ is an extremely effective way to make them feel appreciated, this pack should include amenities such as a company mug, pencils or personalised notebooks. Although this may seem like a small gesture, it’s a fantastic strategy to help them get started, giving them high motivation levels from the get-go. Depending on the size of your company, it’s a good idea to leave an office map in the welcome pack or for employee’s from abroad you can leave a few brochures of the city, where is good to eat, drink and visit.
Every time you go through the hiring process, take the time to review your onboarding strategies and add new aspects to it. Ask employees for ideas or thoughts on the current process, listen to everyone as some may have the quirky ideas needed to set you apart from your competitors.