Tips For On-boarding New Staff Members

We’ve all been there, we’ve all had our first day, and we all know the feeling of learning a new workplace and a new group of people that you may see more than your own family at times. It’s the job of our managers, supervisors, and leaders to help newcomers navigate through these new obstacles. Here are a few tips that you should try to implement when bringing on new hires.

Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

If you couldn’t tell already, communicate constantly with your new hires about what their first day will be like, who is going to be their point of contact, what the dress code is, and more information about their newly accepted position.

Helpful – Readable – Paperwork

Understanding that the HR paperwork needs to be filled out, new hires receive a ton of dense “helpful” tips that aren’t all that helpful. Try creating a map of the office detailing where the drink station is, co-workers’ desk, fridge, etc., a new hire FAQ that they can turn to for quick answers, or even a roster of all employees’ names, titles, contact information, and fun fact can go a long way.

More Than Just An “Open Door Policy”

We like to say, “If you have any questions, just pop in and ask,” but a lot of new hires might be a bit afraid at first to ask. Instead, you go to them and see if they have any questions at the end of the day for the first few weeks or so. Meeting them at their physical location helps create comfort within their position.

Explain Your Company Culture

Every company has its own way of celebrating certain holidays, luncheons, work-appropriate jokes, and so much more. Make sure to let the new hires in on those company quirks, so they aren’t feeling like the oddball out. Additionally, try creating a “lingo” document that explains certain acronyms or phrases that the new-hire may encounter.

Get To Know “Me” Meetings

These meetings sound exactly like they are, meetings where you get to know your employees and they get to know you. The meetings can be just a twenty-minute check-in where you discuss your favorite movies, music, sports, or anything else. This helps show the new hires that you are more than a manager and that you’ll take the time to get to know them personally.

90 Day Buddy

The first 90 days in any job are some of the toughest. Having someone who you can turn to if you have any questions is a life-savor. Depending on the size of the association, this person can hold a similar job to your new hire and can show them the ropes.

Following these tips not only ensures the new hires that you care for them and their time but also shows people outside of your organization the type of productive and welcoming environment you have.