They got the job…but what now? Joining a new company can be overwhelming. Papers to fill out, orientation, tours. It’s a lot to take in for anyone. And while they’re thinking that it’s their chance to make a positive first impression, it’s also your organization’s chance to set the tone for their new job. Take the time to help new hires navigate through their first couple of weeks and you’ll find employees reach full productivity faster and you’ll encounter less turnover later on.
Try some of these unique ideas to make everyone’s first day (or week, or month!) a positive one.
• Show Them You Mean Business
Don’t wait to give them their business cards. Have them printed and sent to their home before their first day — it builds excitement and establishes your commitment. It’s also great to have a nameplate or sign ready to welcome them on their first day.
• Make Orientation Fun
Every organization has an employee handbook. Whether it’s a crossword, a quiz or a scavenger hunt, create an interactive game to help new hires learn more about your company. Give out prizes (notepads, card holders, mugs) emblazoned with your company logo upon completion.
• Set The Tone
Don’t just lead them to an empty desk, have supplies and desk accessories waiting for them when they arrive. These items are also great opportunity to reinforce important corporate values. Functional welcome kits and desk accessories will add color and make every new hire feel welcome.
• Use The Buddy System
Give new hires a “buddy” from their department who can show them the ropes. The buddy can then introduce them around, take them to lunch and let them know the day-to-day ins and outs of your organization. This also allows your new employees to have someone close by to answer questions that may arise after orientation is over.
• Give Them A Cheat Sheet
Remember, your new hires may be new to the company, but they may also be new to the area as well. It’s always helpful to give them a list of restaurants, dry cleaners, malls and other retailers in the area.
• Have A Celebration
Make every new hire feel special by creating a celebratory atmosphere. Have everyone in the department stop by on the new employee’s first day and say “Hi!” Make them feel truly welcome.