So, you’ve gone through the process of screening your job candidates through telephone interviews, put them through the rigours of the in-person interview, checked all of their references and made the decision to add them to your staff. And now two new jobs begin! Your new hire is all set to begin his/her life in a new career, but you are also required to take on the responsibility of on-boarding.
In other words, welcome to the wonderful world of integrating your new employee into your organization! It’s a very important part of your role as business owner to familiarize your new hire with the ins and outs of your business. Making him/her feel immediately comfortable will go a long way in avoiding high rates of employee turnover.
It’s almost as if the tables have been turned. At first, your new hire was committed to impressing you in order to get the job. Now, it’s your turn to ensure that your business is a place where he/she will want to stay.
So what can you do to make your new hire feel welcome? Here are five things you can do:
1. Make efforts to appeal to your new hire’s personal preferences.
Getting to know your new employee will take time, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to ask a few questions on day one. They may include things as simple as finding out the best ways to communicate with him/her.
“Knowing whether a person is auditory, kinesthetic, or visual will tell us how he prefers to be appreciated,” informs Harvey Deutschendorf on FastCompany.com, “For an auditory person, being given a verbal compliment is better than a hand written note, whereas the visual person will prefer the note. A kinesthetic person will appreciate handshakes and solid eye contact.”
2. Provide your new hire with a buddy.
You’re not going to have time to shadow your new hire all day – nor should you. It’s wise, however, to select a friendly and reliable member of your staff to help your new hire learn the ropes. People generally feel more comfortable with those who are “on their level” anyways. According to Christine Marino on HR.com, 56% of new employees want a buddy or mentor when they begin a new job.
3. Take ’em on a tour!
Not only is your new hire now surrounded by new people, but he/she is in a brand new environment as well. We have all felt the anxiety and nervousness that can arise when we are in unfamiliar settings. Give your new hire a tour to help him/her get acquainted with his/her new surroundings.
On Entrepreneur.com, Matt Straz recommends that you make the tour team-led. “Anyone can show a new hire to their desk, the closest bathroom and where the boss sits,” he writes, “But only the team can point out which copy machine acts up, which nearby coffee shop has the best brew and to which conference rooms you should bring a sweater.”
4. Introduce your new hire to the team in a fun way.
Some people (read: shy) don’t like to feel like they’ve been put on the spot. So, although you may wish to introduce your new team member in a morning meeting, you may want to consider doing so via an activity that all of your staff members can get involved in. That way, your new hire will be given the opportunity to take part in a team-building exercise right way. This will help him/her get assimilated with his/her co-workers in a relaxed and enjoyable way.
5. Make time to meet with your new hire at the end of his/her first day.
Simply check in. Make sure your new employee has enjoyed his/her first day on the job and if he/she hasn’t, don’t be afraid to ask a few probing questions. Make clear that your new hire’s comfort at your workplace is one of your top priorities, and be sure to express that you’re available for an open dialogue. This should help make all subsequent work days a lot easier on the both of you!
At Hire Value Inc., we pride ourselves on the many great strategies for recruiting top talent that we’ve passed on to business owners nationwide. For more information on how we can help you to bolster your staff with excellent new hires, give us a call at 403-978-3827 today!