Onboarding a new team member and giving them warm welcome to the company is essential. Inducting a new starter in a professional and productive way will give them the best chance of success, and also free up more of your time.
So how do you welcome a new team member? Here’s RECRUITdee’s top 5 onboarding tips to make your company feel welcoming and inclusive for all employees – regardless of their background or where they are from.
1. Write a Personal Onboarding Plan
Write up a personal onboarding plan that outlines what the new starter needs to do. This may include the training they need to complete, who they should be working with, and what hours they are expected to work. This plan could also include introductions to people in other departments, so your new starter can learn how different parts of the business operate.
2. Host Onboarding Sessions
We recommend hosting onboarding sessions that are tailored for new starters. This will allow them to learn more about what they can expect before work commences, which will make them feel comfortable and less anxious.
3. Welcome a New Starter
You could put together a welcome a new starter kit that contains all the information they may need to know about who to contact for help, how to use the onboarding plan you created together with any onboarding details if needed.
You could also include a list of blogs or articles you think they may find useful, or an introduction to your team or company values to reinforce what the company wants to be famous for. It could also contain the company handbook, benefits documentation and a map of where everything is located in the building. We found providing snacks in the office at initial onboarding sessions was really appreciated, too.
4. Discover Your New Starter’s Interests
Find out what their hobbies and interests are and do something fun with that on their desk or with their avatar. It may seem like a small point but it’s vitally important to find ways the new starter will feel engaged at work. This can be done by finding out some of their interests or even making introductions to people in other departments. It’s important to entire company health and success that they feel included from day one.
5. Make Onboarding a Lasting Experience
It’s important to make onboarding a lasting experience. Try not to onboard them in one day, this could be too overwhelming and make it hard to retain all the vital information. Companies don’t always prioritise time and effort to welcome a new staff member in an effective way. However, it pays huge dividends in the future.
In conclusion, onboarding a new starter will give them, and the company, the best chance of success. The top onboarding tips we covered in this blog post should help you get started with how you can make your business feel welcoming and inclusive for all employees from day one. The onboarding of new team members can be a particularly stressful time for everyone involved, so it’s important to remember that you’re all in this together and provide the best onboarding experience possible.
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