Have a new employee starting and want to make a great impression? Of course you do! Those first few days are key to winning over your new employee!
So what can you do?
Take a look at what you do already, what else can you do to enhance your current process? Have you asked your newer employees what would have made them feel more welcome? Sometimes you can get some good ideas this way! Are you stuck? Review the list below to provide you with some other thoughts.
10 ideas that will help make a great first impression!
- Be on the lookout for their arrival! Have someone ready and available to great your new member of your team and welcome them.
- Company swag. Gather up some company swag with a nice welcoming card – have a team member or the manager sign the card.
- Plan for the first week and beyond. Provide your new rock star with a day by day plan for the next week or two that includes training to give them a great start!
- Company gathering. Gather the team or company together to have some munchies and welcome the new member to the team/company. Think of something fun to do that would break the ice and create some fun. There are tons of icebreakers out there to pick from.
- Office tour. Have someone take the individual around the office to familiarize them with where supplies can be found, where they can eat their lunch etc. Don’t be afraid to introduce them along the way!
- Introduction to the phone. During the first few days, take some time to introduce them to the phone system, how to use it, transfer calls, set up and retrieve voicemail etc.
- Don’t wait for the business cards – have them set up as of day one. It is a good feeling to see your name on a company business card and really feel part of the team – the bonus is that they can start to hand it out right away which means more visibility to the company!
- Computer/work space. Ensure there is a clean work space already set aside with a computer that is ready to go. It would be helpful to also have someone give a quick demo of how to utilize the internal IT systems and how this infrastructure is set up.
- Arm them with access to the building. Ensure after their first day that they have the ability to enter the building without having to wait for others to arrive first. This can often be a bone of contention!
- Provide a heads up to your staff! Let your staff know when the new employee is starting, what they will be doing and to please make them feel welcome.
How creative can you be?
These are just a few suggestions – there are many! Can you be creative and make a great first impression? What ideas do you have? If you want to share, we may feature them in an upcoming blog! Feel free to send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org