Now that the New Year has kicked off, many companies are kicking it into gear adding new staff members this year. A critical part of making sure new hires maintain their “pink cloud” is to have a set onboarding process. I have heard numerous stories from candidates who were excited about their new jobs and arrive the first day to their new work place only to find their new employer is not ready for them. Computer logins and passwords are not set up, work stations are not ready and there is no set schedule to integrate them into their new role.
You worked hard to identify this candidate, sell them on your company, make them an offer and in some cases pay a recruiting fee for them. You want to protect that investment of your time and money by spending a little time and effort to insure the first few days and weeks are a successful transition for your new employee. Many sources on the internet can provide checklists such as the one that Intuit has.
Making your new employee not only feel welcome, but like they belong will go a long way. I suggest to my clients that they have a series of lunches scheduled the first week with different team members and department heads so that the new employee meets other members of the company and gets to know them. A friendly face is a key element in the new hire’s ability to feel like they belong. It also helps reduce the possibility of their old employer calling them back after a few weeks on the new job and enticing them to “come back home”.