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Making first impressions count

The first day at work is important for employers as well as employees.

September 24, 2013 12:07 by

You’ve just hired a great new employee. He or she possesses the attitude and aptitude to thrive in your organisation, and you’re looking forward to helping them grow and develop at your company. So, how do you welcome the new addition to your team?

By Lexi Gibson, Great Place to Work® Gulf

First impressions are extremely important. They set the tone for how employees will perceive and experience the workplace, so make sure to consider how you want your new hires to feel when they start at your company.

Think back to your most memorable first day at work. What made it stand out? How was it different? Sure, you probably filled out the required paperwork, talked to your boss about your responsibilities and got set up at your desk. But what other activities or experiences made it special?

Here are some recommendations for creating outstanding practises for welcoming your newest hires:

Begin before day one

Who says that you have to wait until your new hires’ first day to welcome them to the team? One great, low-cost idea is to send a welcome email or letter in advance of their start date. You can send one on behalf of your team or organisation, or encourage your employees to send their own individualised welcome letters. This small gesture will convey to your newest team members that you’re excited to have them join and they will surely feel appreciated before they start.

Meet and greet

On your new hires’ first day and during their first week, make sure they have the opportunity to meet with several members of your organisation. This will allow them to build relationships more quickly, understand what each team and department does, and give them a sense of how the organisation, as a whole, operates. You can make it extra special by having them sit down for coffee or lunch with the CEO, or another senior leader. This will show your new employees that everyone – even those at the highest levels of the business – cares about welcoming them into the culture.

New-hire buddies

Pair your new hires with a veteran member of your team or organisation. This person should serve as someone to turn to with questions that wouldn’t necessarily be best answered by a manager, such as: how do you get the copier to work? Where’s the best place to get coffee? Are there any quirks about the office culture that would be helpful to know?

Follow these few simple and cost-effective tips and your new hires will be able to put their best foot forward from the very beginning.

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