Welcoming New Staff

19 December 2016

The first impression a new start has of an organisation is likely to influence their level of engagement and loyalty.  Every step of welcoming new staff and introducing them to the workplace and colleagues helps them relax and feel more comfortable in the environment.

If there are two or more new staff, having them start on the same day can build confidence as they know they are not the only one with all eyes on them.

Other suggestions for bringing new staff in as smoothly and undauntingly as possible include:-

-    Tell Them the Plan!  Before your new employee walks through the door, they should have a schedule for their first day and week, if possible.  A schedule will give advanced information of any activities they will participate in and who they will spend their time with.  Arranging a team lunch for the first day can also help provide a welcoming and friendly environment.  

-    Avoid a Busy First Day!  Avoid starting a new employee on the busiest day of the week for your organisation, on which people are focusing on catching up on anything from the previous week and organising their schedule for the upcoming week.  Introducing new staff on any other day will likely give the team the chance to take a few minutes to say hi and even offer a coffee!

-    Allocate a Mate!  Having someone that the new person will be working closely with and will show them around helps to build new relationships, trust and confidence.  Not knowing who to go to with a questions can be nerve wracking and lead to loss of confidence.

-    Tea or Coffee Anyone?  Having a note near the kettle of how everyone takes their tea or coffee means that the new member of the team can take their turn straightaway and start to feel like part of the team – especially if their preference is added to the list!

-    Don’t Scrutinise!  Often when a new employee is being shown around teams and departments existing staff will ask where they came from, background, what they’ll be doing etc.  Being asked lots of questions from people they don’t know can feel like being put on the spot.  Instead, have existing staff introduce themselves and talk about what they do.