Onboarding new employees
Tips for making new employees feel welcome.
First, let’s go back to when you used to be that new employee:
- You knew no-one,
- You talked to no-one and
- You ate lunch by yourself
When you don’t feel welcome in a new job, it sucks. It’s lonely and hard to perform at your best.
A new candidate is most likely to resign within the first 3 months if they don’t find a connection there.
Explore these strategies to create a warm and inviting environment for your new team members!
#1: Do the basics right
There is nothing more unwelcoming than arriving at a new job to find no laptop, no phone and no plan for your first day.
You set expectations right from the start with a new hire. Show them you care.
If you fail to plan, you’ll plan to fail.
#2: Skip the awkward intros
Do introductions that go beyond names and titles.
Don’t just walk them around the room introducing them, encourage team members to reach out and extend a warm welcome.
It’s a better experience if the team members introduce themselves than if you do the intro’s.
#3: Hey little buddy!
Assign mentors or buddies to guide new hires through their early days.
By having someone the new employee can form a relationship with, it means they:
- Make new friends early,
- Don’t get left out,
- Meet the team properly and
- Learn about the job from their buddy
Encourage regular check-ins to address concerns and provide support.
#4: Let’s do lunch
Arrange a team lunch or gathering to welcome the new employee.
This informal setting allows for relaxed conversations and helps them get to know their colleagues in a more social context.
#5: “Mic Check, One, Two”
Schedule regular one-on-one check-ins with the new employee to gauge their progress, address any concerns, and provide ongoing support.
These check-ins demonstrate that their well-being and integration are a priority – because they should be!
- Do the basics right
- Skip the awkward intros
- Have a buddy system
- Organise a welcome lunch
- Do regular check-ins
Embrace the opportunity to shape their journey and create a workplace where everyone feels welcome, included, and inspired to excel.