First impressions are important.
A new employee knows this and puts efforts into making a good impression. However, a lot of small business don’t think they should do the same for new employees.
Now picture yourself as an employee starting a new job. You get there and you are left unattended to. All you are told is to resume at your workspace and deliver results. How do you feel? Nervous, isolated and confused.
As a business owner, it is your task to ensure your new employees feel welcome. The first impression formed of your business will go a long way in impacting their commitment and attitude towards work. It affects how well they are able to settle in, integrate and adapt to the business culture.
Here are tips to help you make your business more inviting for new hires:
Introduce new employees to the team
By introducing the new employee to the team, they feel more relaxed and comfortable. They might not remember everyone but it helps them when approaching people to ask for certain things.
You can take them around the office and also send an email or state it in your group chat.
Use the buddy system
From adapting to a new environment to learning new things, it’s easy for a new hire to get overwhelmed. It is also natural for them to be unsure of the specifics of their work.
Assign someone to show him/her how things are done and offer support and guidance when required. A buddy will also help to provide tips and tricks on how to deal with the job.
Have a prepared workspace available
Nothing says more than having a fully prepared and functional work area available for the new hire. Realising that no one was expecting you or no space has been prepared for you can be very disheartening. Therefore ensure the space and tools required are all set up.
Train the new employee on the certain processes to be followed for the job. Also, if the business deals with clients, explain who they are and how to deal with them. This helps them to feel confident about the job.
While you don’t want your new employee to feel overwhelmed, it doesn’t harm to assign small tasks to them. Although you should ensure that detailed instructions are provided. This will keep them occupied and give them a sense of what they will be doing. This also allows them to start engaging other employees.
Follow Up at the end of the day
This is an opportunity to find out how the day went, answer their questions, and address their concerns. This way, you can improve the process and make it better the next day.
Starting a new job is not easy but by utilising these tips, businesses can turn the first impression an employee has into one that results in a long term advantage for the business.