15 Steps on How to Welcome Your New Employees
Looking after a new employee in the first few weeks at work can mean the difference between their success and failure as employees, as well as your success and failure as an employer, manager or supervisor.
Proper orientation determines how quickly the new employee can be productive and effective in his or her new job, while providing you with a great opportunity to make your new employee an effective part of your team.
Below are 15 suggestions that will help you deal with your new employees during their first few weeks to make sure they get started.
- Have an induction policy for welcoming and training new employees. Don’t just leave it to everyone who is available. Human resources should cover the HR side of the induction with a trainer (if you have one), or a senior manager or supervisor paying more attention to part of the job. Either way, the following is a minimum of what is required.
- Welcome to your employee. Don’t just point them to the environment where they work, and let them get on with it. Nothing makes a new employee feel more comfortable than a warm welcome.
- Give them a brief description of your role as supervisor. Knowing who is in control and what you expect from them will make you more comfortable than your boss.
- Give your new employee a welcome tour of the entire department or, if the site is not too large, the entire site. Make sure they know how to get to the bathroom, emergency exits, cafeteria, etc.
.5. Give them a brief summary of the company, its history, mission and goals.
- If possible, demonstrate your company’s products and / or services, paying particular attention to the products related to the area in which the employee will work. This will make them safer and more confident with the work they will be doing.
- Explain to your new employee how the business works especially if the business has unusual work practices or a structure other than the norm. It will also help them become familiar with the business.
- Tell your new employee about the competitors and what is being done to make sure the business stays ahead of the competition.
- Explain in detail your responsibilities of new employees and describe their job functions. Do not leave it to the other employees to teach them the basics unless there is a trained staff member whose job it is.
- Let your new employee be aware of what you and the company expect from them. This includes proper work ethic, productivity, teamwork and appearance.
- Explain the specific conditions and requirements of employment, including hours, pay, pay periods, holiday rates, sickness, pension, medical benefits, retirements, etc.
- Be very clear about the safety rules, policies, procedures and regulations. Explain and demonstrate the correct use of safety devices.
- Introduce your new employee to his or her co-workers, with a brief description of their positions and responsibilities.
- Outline opportunities for promotions and other events.
- To give them time to acclimatize, give them a work friend, a friendly experienced worker, to show them the work and to work with them for the first week of two.
If you treat all of these fundamentals, new employees will help to establish themselves and they will be more efficient at contributing much faster compared to employees who have just been left to their own devices.