Starting a new job is kind of like the first day of school; it can be daunting and nerve-wracking with the thought of meeting new people, adjusting to a new work environment and getting to grips with your new day-to-day tasks.

When a new employee comes into the office and joins the team, it’s vital they feel as welcome and comfortable as possible; however unfortunately, it’s easy to overlook the importance of ensuring this, especially if you and the rest of the office are drowning in their to-do lists.

Today we bring you things to consider when welcoming new employees into the office.

Before their start date

After the interview process and the individual accepting your offer, set their start-date and ensure you’re prepared in the run up to it. Being swamped in your work on the employees’ first day may make you rush through welcoming them, which may make them feel unvalued and like an after-thought, which wouldn’t give them a good first impression.

As a senior employee, try to get ahead of your to-do list either by boosting your productivity or enlisting help from colleagues. Getting ahead means you’ll be in a good place on their start-date and be able to invest time into the new starter through training and being of assistance to them in their first week or two.

In the run-up to the employee  starting, keep in contact with the individual to give them any information they may need like travel/parking advice, dress-code etc. This will ensure the employee feels prepared and valued before starting.

Have everything in place

Make sure everything is organised for the individuals first day; have relevant online accounts set up, a workspace clear, and first-day tasks pre-determined. This way, the new-starter will again feel appreciated, welcomed and view your workplace as one that’s got its head screwed on.

If you have less expertise in the area they’ll be working, ensure the new employee is sat near those who know what they’re doing, are friendly and can help with any queries the individual may have. This also gives opportunity for colleague relationships and networks to be formed on the first day.

Be social

If your company is quite tight-knit, invite the new employee to your regular social outings, like for lunch or a Friday drink, to give everyone an opportunity to get to know each other – this builds connections in a relaxed setting, which could avoid too much socialisation when employees should be working productively. Even go out for lunch in celebration of a new member to the team, to make them feel extra welcome.

With taking all of these things into consideration and taking time to welcome a new employee, they’re likely to appreciate your efforts and fit into the team nicely and swiftly.

Laura Sewell

An aspiring journalist, Laura is our content writer.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry with her love of writing about anything and everything in tow.
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