Better Engage Your New Hires—Today and Beyond
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” (Maya Angelou)
It’s true. Even though I only came on board about eight months ago, I’ve already forgotten some details of my first day here at RecogNation. But I do remember how my boss and fellow employees made me feel:
It’s an important feeling, since all employees want—after salary, benefits, etc.—is to feel a sense of belonging in their new workplace.
And yet, some of the more personal aspects of a new hire’s first day(s) get overlooked, sometimes because companies just don’t know better, don’t have a well put-together onboarding program, or don’t know how to do it.
To help you on your journey to a better employee experience, we’ve put together a few things you can start doing now to make your new hires feel welcome on their first day and beyond.
- Have their office space prepared. Make sure it’s clean and that their computer and phone are set up and ready to go for when they come in.
- Prepare a welcome gift. Whether you get them a journal and pen, a piece of drinkware, or something else, be sure to include a certificate signed by your peers.
- Have their two-week schedule (you know, the one you sent them before they started) set out on their desk. It’s helpful for your new hire to know what to expect on their first day and beyond.
- Print out a map of your building, so they don’t get lost.
- Schedule a meet and greet with your team so you can introduce your new hire and break the ice.
- Take them out to lunch! Getting out of the office is a great way to get to know your new hire on a more personal level.
- Give them down time, so they can set up their area and get acquainted with your intranet, server, email, etc.
- Schedule a quick touch-base meeting for the end of the day, to show your support and answer any questions they might have.
- Give them meaningful work by assigning them a special project or challenge. It will keep them engaged, help you evaluate their strengths and struggles on the job, and make them feel like you trust them from the get-go.
- Encourage mentors and friends. Teamwork is essential to your company or organization’s success, so it’s in your best interest to get your new hire plugged in as quickly as possible.
- Be overly talkative about your company culture. Talk about what your first days were like and what you’ve learned since, so they can learn more of the ins and outs of your company and how it functions.
- Check in frequently. Be on hand to answer questions, encourage, and help with projects when needed.
Let’s Take It One Step Further
To build stepping stones for success, it’s important to onboard right. Think about this: New hires who go through a well-structured onboarding program are 69% more likely to remain at a company for three years. And, employees of companies with the longest onboarding programs get up to speed 34% faster.
As you can see, creating an onboarding program—past day one and week one—is essential in the employee journey. It often determines how productive they’ll be and how long they'll stick with you.
Do you need help organizing an effective onboarding program? RecogNation is here to help! Talk to us today about how our solutions can help you create happy, high-performing, engaged employees—starting on day one. Click here to request a demo, or give us a call at 888.919.7600. You’ll be glad you did!