Blog

Browse our helpful career tips and resources
Say hi to the new hire

How To Welcome A New Hire

It goes without saying that a new hire will experience feelings of nervousness on their first day. To help ease them into the day and ensure they fit into their new role smoothly, we have suggested a few helpful tips! So no matter how busy you may be or however long your to-do list is, you need to make the new employee feel welcome into your organisation. Leaving a negative first impression will leave your new employee feeling unappreciated and unwelcome into their new role. It is up to you to make sure they settled into their new position and therefore reduce the risk of a high staff turnover.

No matter how busy you may be or however long your to-do list is, you need to make the new employee feel welcome into your organisation. Leaving a negative first impression will leave your new hire feeling unappreciated and unwelcome into their new surroundings. It’s up to you to make sure they settle well and therefore reduce the risk of a high staff turnover.

Be Organised

Be prepared for the new employee! If you show them you have been expecting them on arrival it can make them feel instantly appreciated. Whereas if you turn up late on their first day or even FORGET they were starting, it will look unprofessional and impolite. Prior to their start date ensure you set aside time dedicated to the induction. This will ensure they have your full concentration and aren’t left waiting around for you!

Friendly introductions

Introduce your new employee to their co-workers. This takes the burden off of them having to be the new person and introduce themselves to everyone in the office. Which can be quite overwhelming on their first day! By you being friendly and approachable the new hire will be more likely to come to you if they experience any issues.

Give them a tour

A tour of the workplace will help them feel more comfortable within their surroundings. Show them the different departments within the building, where the kitchen is, break room, etc… It will all contribute towards them feeling settled and happy.

Make sure they feel comfortable in their new work environment by showing them their workspace. Steer clear of the candidate moving into a desk that is filled with clutter and other people’s paperwork. As it can look unorganised and unprofessional. Make sure beforehand everything is cleared, cleaned and ready to be moved into.

Small tasks

Expecting a mountain of tasks to be completed on their first day is just not realistic. No matter how eager you are for the new hire to start and get stuck in. The first day needs to be a time for getting situated and not a time for scaring them off! To achieve this, provide them with small manageable tasks on the first day. Something which at the end of the day will make them feel like they have achieved something and been productive within their new role.

Company culture

The personality of your company! Express your company culture to the new employee so they can gain a better understanding of how they will fit in within the organisation. Tell them about any events within your company, show them their new environment and the facilitates on offer. This is something they will get to know once they have spent more time in their position.

This is something they will get to know once they have spent more time in their position. But it’s a good idea to introduce your company culture on the first day, to leave a positive lasting first impression.

Ask questions

Get to know the new starter by asking them questions about themselves, their career goals or just general friendly chitchat. It will show them that you are interested in who they are and are keen to learn what they can bring to the new role. It can also help relax them and take their mind off any first-day jitters!

Provide a mentor

Assigning them a mentor to help them through their first initial few days/weeks will help them get settled quickly. Of course, this isn’t always possible to dedicate a mentor if your workplace is small and resources are limited. So if this is the case, ensure you are always available to answer questions and make an extra effort to help them through any initial problems.

 

Remember the first day for the candidate may be just another day for you. But for them, it is a day that can impact their whole perception of the organisation and the role.

Read more blogs on a candidate’s first day here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Skip to content