3 Strategies to Making Your New Hire’s First Day Easier

February 25th, 2016

It’s beyond exciting to know that another talented, energetic person who blends right into your company culture will soon be joining your team. You want them to feel appreciated from day one, so it’s important to adequately prepare for their arrival, to make their introduction to the company is a positive one.

Everyone is a bundle of nerves when starting a brand new job, so as the boss, it’s up to you to make the transition as easy as possible. Learn what you can do to help ensure their first day is a very positive experience.

3 Ways to Make Your New Hire’s First Day Easier

Prepare Their Workspace and Systems Access

Starting a new job is overwhelming enough without having to figure out how to get the tools you need to actually do any work. Make sure the person’s workstation is completely set up before they arrive — including requesting usernames and passwords for any applications they’ll need. Knowing you took the time to prepare for their arrival will make them feel welcome and reaffirm their decision to accept the job offer.

Introduce Them to the Team

Walking into a room where everyone knows each other and you don’t know anyone is intimidating for even the most outgoing person. Ease your new employee’s nerves by personally introducing them to every member of your team and anyone else they’ll be working with. If possible, organize a group lunch where they can spend a little time with their new colleagues in a more relaxed setting outside the office.

Present Them with an Introductory Plan

When you’re brand new to the job, you spend a lot of time second-guessing yourself. Figuring out exactly what you should be doing and if your performance is up to par can be very stressful. Alleviate this issue by presenting your new employee with a detailed 30-60-90 day plan on their first day, outlining how you would like them to spend their first three months at the company. This puts you on the same page from the start, so you can both manage your expectations.

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Strategies for Successfully Onboarding Your Employees

May 29th, 2015

After spending countless hours writing a great job description, pouring over resumes and interviewing candidates, you’re probably thrilled to have found the perfect person for your team. However, you’re work is far from being done. Properly onboarding employees is the key to getting the most from their talent and ensuring lasting job satisfaction.

5 Effective Onboarding Strategies

Preparing for your new hire’s first day? Incorporate the following five tactics into your onboarding plan to successfully integrate them into your company:

Make People Feel Welcome

Show new hires how much they’re appreciated from day one, to make a great first impression. Set their desk up, seek access to systems they’ll be using, greet them at reception, schedule a team lunch and personally introduce them to their new colleagues.

Involve the Whole Team

During their first few days on the job, new hires are often faced with a plethora of information, making it difficult to remember everything. Personalize their experience by asking each member of your team to schedule a one-on-one meeting with them, to explain their role on the team, giving them a clear idea of how everyone fits together.

Create a 30-60-90 Day Plan

Make your expectations clear by creating a 30-60-90 day plan, so the person knows exactly what you envision for their development. This is a great way to ensure everyone is on the same page during the first few months of employment.

Assign a Mentor

Getting acclimated to a new company takes time. Many people feel uncomfortable asking questions, which makes it hard to properly get settled. Ease the transition by assigning each new hire a mentor to offer guidance, monitor their progress and serve as support system.

Provide Continuous Training

Most of an employee’s first few days on the job are typically spent in training, but that’s not enough. Follow up with regular training for at least the first few months, to fully equip the new hire with the knowledge needed to succeed at your company for the long-term.

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