Help Your New Employee Have A Great First Day!
The first day for your new employee matters. Their initial impression will stick with them throughout their time in your company. You want them to feel like they have made a great decision to work for your company and be excited to join your team.
After almost two years of COVID affecting the hiring process, recruiting is challenging. If you have been fortunate to find the right fit for your company, don’t risk losing them in the first weeks. A new employee with a poor experience in their first days will continue to seek a better situation while they continue to work for you with little engagement.
Many employers give very little thought to how stressful it can be for a new employee to get acclimated on day one. Without the right planning, a lot of time is wasted while they flail about trying to figure it all out. Choose someone in your company that will welcome your new hire and help them transition through their first few days, facilitate training and be available for questions.
You invested time and resources recruiting, interviewing and background checking your candidate. After all that, don’t risk losing their enthusiasm and productive attitude that good hires have on the first day.
How do you create a great environment for your new employee?
A few days before the employee starts, send an email that gives basic company information and an agenda that outlines what will be happening for the first 4 weeks of employment. Let them know they can call with any questions they may have prior to their start date.
On the first day, the new employee’s work area should be set up with their computer ready to go along with office supplies and the contact information they need to get started with their team. It’s a nice touch to have a small gift to make them feel at home right away. For example, a gift card for lunch at a nearby eatery or a company coffee mug would help make someone new feel included into the group. A group email to your company that introduces the new employee will encourage staff to be friendly.
A common complaint from a new employee is feeling like they are not “in the loop” fast enough. Include them quickly into meetings and encourage participation as soon as possible. Having a schedule of training will also help the new employee feel you are investing in them. Getting them up to speed quickly is in your best interest to facilitate their ability to be productive and become ambassadors for your brand right from the first day.
So…you got a good start, now what?
Don’t drop the ball now. At the one-month mark is a good time to have a quick review to see how the employee is meeting their first set of goals. It’s also a good time to ask them for their feedback on your onboarding process. Even with a good system, you may get a great new idea from someone who just went through your process and knows what it feels like to be new in your company.
When you do find your job candidates, don’t forget to do your due diligence
Use a professional CRA (Consumer Reporting Agency) for screening your job candidates. An experienced CRA will save you time and money while staying in compliance. They will go through all the gathered information and verify that it is accurate.
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