New hires, are you making them feel welcome?

New hires should feel welcomed and expected on their first day on the job.

We have all been the new guy or new gal at work.  The first day in a new job is an exciting and sometimes terrifying experience.  As it is, the first day in a new job is overwhelming.  You receive so much information in a short period that you feel that your head will explode.  However, feeling overwhelmed and excited is normal.  Occasionally, new hires people see and experience things during that day that make them think if they should stay or go. 

On the first day in a new job, new hires should feel welcomed

Some companies use welcome gifts to make them feel appreciated.  Things like mugs, shirts, lanyards, squeeze balls, or a bag with the company logo make good welcome gifts.  However, other things are critical to making that feeling last.

There are things that leaders should ensure during the first day of the new member of their team. New hires should feel not only welcomed but expected. The hiring manager and supervisor should be ready to receive them. They show readiness by making time for introductions and providing information. For instance, walking the work area for quick introductions is a way to make them feel welcomed. Moreover, when new hires receive key information like an overview of the role and discussing the job description they feel expected.

Give people direction

People need to receive direction, little things that facilitate their introduction to the company. Anything that helps them to know who is in charge of what can help. For example, an org chart helps to learn that information.

Another handy piece of information is a cheat sheet with the contacts for payroll, benefits, IT services, and others. A different kind of direction comes from the department and personal goals. That communication should happen within the first month of the arrival.

New hires should not feel excluded 

Not feeling excluded or lost is critical to feeling like part of the team. Each industry has its jargon, and many companies use acronyms. There is nothing like not knowing those terms or understanding the conversation to feel confused. A glossary of the industry and company terms and acronyms should be part of the welcome package.

Arriving at your new job to find that your workspace and equipment are ready for you is another way to make you feel expected. People knew that you were coming and took the time to prepare your space, computer, and other details.

Leaders who ensure the preparation and execution of those details make new hires feel part of the team. Also, they show respect, a good sign that will make your new team member feel relieved and confident about accepting being part of the company.