Beginning a new job can be a daunting task. Coming into a new place, with new people and new procedures can be confusing and overwhelming. Companies should try to make this onboarding process as painless as possible. Here are some tips for onboarding new employees:
1. Don’t Assume
It’s easy to forget what it is like to be the new person, especially if you have been with the company for years. However, it’s important to think about the things you wished you’d have known when you started. A short office tour, noting where restrooms are, what the lunch protocols are (where does everyone eat?) and other small but meaningful matters, can make a huge difference.
2. Be Clear
Make sure that rules and procedures are clear. Be upfront about attendance policies, tardiness, and other office norms. Communicate where it’s appropriate to park, the proper dress code, where to get office supplies, print things, make copies, etc. This knowledge will help employees feel more comfortable and therefore, less stressed.
3. Prepare an Onboarding Package
Preparing a small onboarding package with all of these procedures and rules outlined is a great idea. The new employee can reference the file whenever they need it. Also, this is a chance to make employees feel welcomed with company SWAG (shirts, hats, mugs). Small things can make a big difference.
4. Designate Someone to Answer Questions
Onboarding a new person can lead to a lot of questions. Designating someone that can help them get answers is very beneficial. Ideally, this would be someone who is kind and patient enough to take on the task. Having a friendly face that new employees know they can count on can do wonders for new employee morale.
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