Monday, October 04, 2010
Do you remember your first day at a new job! What was good about it? Were there things that would have made it easier?
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In order to reduce the stress for both you and your new staff person, consider developing a ‘welcoming process’. Some easy preparations on your part will make a good first impression on your new employee and can set the tone for your working relationship. While each work place is different, here are some tips to make the first few days a positive experience:
Send your new employee a welcome letter confirming the time, date and location of their first day. If you aren’t the supervisor, you may want to include the name of the person to whom they will report.
On the first day, arrange a tour of their work space, lunch room, restrooms, business equipment centre, bulletin board, supply room, etc. Be sure to introduce the new person to other staff you meet during the tour.
Ensure their desk/workstation/office is ready for them. Assemble appropriate office resources and supplies.
Arrange a meeting to talk about your vision for the company and their part in that vision.
Review the position description, discuss goals and objectives of the position, review your organization’s performance appraisal system, length of probationary period, and present initial job assignments.
Follow up with them at the end of the first day to see how it went.
Plan regular follow-ups to ensure that issues are addressed and questions are answered.
Don’t forget to advise existing staff of the addition of the new person and their role within your company.
When it’s time for you to welcome a new employee into your business, think about your own experiences and what made them memorable. It is a great opportunity to engage your employees, even before they start work and establish early on the culture you want to create for your business.