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How to Welcome a New Employee on Their First Day

  • April 25,2019
  • by interiorcontract

How to Welcome a New Employee on Their First Day

The first day at a new job can be nerve-racking. Even if someone is confident in their skills, the new environment can lead to plenty of tension and uncertainty. When someone comes to work for your business, you need to be as accommodating as possible. These three tips will help you to welcome a new employee on their first day.

Have Their Desk Ready

Your new employee's desk is where they'll be spending most of their time, so it needs to be as well-prepared as possible. You should have all their equipment available and properly running. Test their computer to make sure that all software is in check. Their desk should also be sprayed, dusted, and free of any clutter. When they start working, ask them about any accommodations or items they'd like to have. A comfortable employee is a happy and productive employee.

Do an Onboarding Activity

Onboarding can be one of the most tedious parts of a new employee's orientation, but you can make yours a pleasure for your employee. You may want to rethink traditional onboarding processes that require lots of sitting and listening. These sessions send the wrong signal about your company culture and how much you care about the well-being of your employees. Onboarding can set the tone for the rest of the employee's time with you, so make a good impression. Turn onboarding into a dialogue between you and your new employee. Encourage them to ask questions and take notes. Do your best to make onboarding an engaging process by avoiding reading off a script. You want the workplace to be as lively as possible.

Have a Great Training in Place

Employees are only as good as their leader. If your training is lackluster, your new employee is going to feel like they don't have the guidance they need. There should be a thorough training procedure in place for every new employee. Every training session should go over company policies and duties specific to each job title. Not all training needs to be accomplished in one day. Breaking it up over a few days can make things far more comfortable for your new employee to grasp things.

A new employee's first day can set a tone for their tenure at a business. If you believe that someone will be a good fit for your company, you need to do all you can to make sure they feel welcomed. This will help them transition smoothly into your workplace and look forward to coming in each day.

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