Best Practices to Welcome a New Employee

No company can operate without great employees. Nowadays, top talents and skilled employees are highly sought after by various businesses both big and small. Companies are looking to hire as many employees that not only fit into their culture, but are also able to contribute to achieving business success. Through recruitment marketing and other activities, many businesses are promoting their values, in order to convince good employees to come work for them.

The main reason for that is that the better the employees are, the more efficient and productive business operations are as well. However, it's not just about attracting great employees, but also about welcoming them properly and ensuring they have a good reason to stay. First impressions are essential. That's why many businesses improve their onboarding processes, in order to make the best first impression on newly arrived employees. Here are a few of the best practices to welcome a new employee.

Give them a tour of the company

It's important to help new employees get adjusted to the new office space. Show them around and explain in detail where everything is at. It's important to take your time and let a new employee familiarize themselves with the new environment. Moreover, introduce them to other members of your company and other members of the team, so that a new employee can feel welcomed from the start. Also, introduce them to team leaders and managers, so they'll know who to contact if they have any concerns.  

In addition, present them with their new personal space and let them see where their desk is. What's more, you have to provide new employees with essentials, such as computers, office supplies and other necessities in advance, so that they have everything they need once they start working. That way, your new employees will feel more relaxed and welcomed to the company.

Help them adapt to the company's culture

Once you've given new employees a tour and proper introductions, it's time to help new employees understand how your company operates and how its cultural environment functions. That way, your new employees will have a better understanding of what's expected of them, as well as how things are done in the company. Moreover, make sure you have a personal chat with new employees, where you'll explain the details of the job including both their responsibilities and their benefits.

It's also a good idea to let them review an employment contract, so that there are no misunderstandings. It's important to help new employees transition into a new company culture and environment. That way, you'll make sure that the new recruits have time and means to adapt properly and become an essential part of your organization.

Don't push them too hard

As mentioned before, first impressions are crucial for new employees. As a matter of fact, after a great onboarding experience, 69% of new employees are more likely to stay with a company for at least 3 years. However, it's also important to maintain that first impression and ensure that new employees feel welcomed. That's why it's important not to push employees too hard from the start.

In most cases, new employees have a trial period of 90 days to prove their worth and catch up. But, it takes around eight months for a new employee to become fully productive. That being said, only 37% of companies extend their onboarding further than the first month. It's important to let employees adjust properly and let them take their time them grow effectively.

Communicate frequently

It's imperative to keep an open-door policy for new employees, you have to let them know that you're open for feedback and that you welcome new suggestions. Also, let new employees know that they can always reach out to you if they have questions or if they have trouble understanding something or fitting in. That way, you ensure that new employees feel welcomed and that they're able to address their concerns without any negative repercussions.

It's very important to maintain an open line of communication with new employees and aid them in whatever way possible. The main reason is that 20% of employee turnovers happen in the first 45 days. Moreover, around 33% of new employees look for new employment in the first six months on a new job position, especially if they feel unwelcomed or unsatisfied.

Attracting new and capable employees has never been more important to modern business organizations. Improving your organization by hiring skilled and talented workers is one of the surest ways to business success. However, it's important to make a great first impression on new arrivals and ensure that your company culture and work environment feel comfortable and welcoming. That way, you'll also ensure that new employees consider staying at your company for a long time.

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