The on-boarding of new employees is a process, and it takes time for new hires to learn everything they need to be successful in their new role. Part of this process is not only training and employee development, but learning the company culture and how one fits within it. Human resources can aid in this transition by making it as smooth and comfortable as possible. Here are a few ways to make new hires feel at home in a new environment:
1. Assign a Mentor
Choose someone, preferably on the same team as your new hire, who can serve as a mentor. This person should have a significant amount of experience, understand the company culture, and be able to provide guidance when needed. Your new hire should know that this is a person to reach out to for assistance at any point in time.
2. Explain the Basics
It’s easy to forget that the simplest things about the job can be intimidating to a new employee. Give them helpful information. Even basics, like where to buy lunch, where the restroom keys are kept, and how to get around the building are all things that new hires need to learn.
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3. Prepare Team-Specific Information
Each team or department has a different way of doing things, so encourage each of them to compile information that only “insiders” know. This could be anything from goal-setting best practices to how to track tasks to guidelines for communicating internally. If this is prepared in advance, it can be included in the new hire’s welcome packet.
4. Schedule Informal Gatherings
An informal gathering right at the end of the day can be a great way for new hires to mingle and meet other employees. Organize a coffee break for the last half an hour of the day. This is an easy yet effective way to help new hires learn what is typical of the company culture.
5. Open the Door for Communication
Let your new hires know that your office is a safe space and that you are always available if they have a question. By keeping communication open, you can help ensure that they have a smooth transition and that any issues along the way are addressed.
Even the most talented new employees need some guidance when it comes to learning the ropes. Their successful transition into the company culture will directly impact their own productivity and success.