How to Manage a New Employee’s First Day
For a new employee, the first day on the job can be daunting. Simple tasks can be slightly overwhelming and they can make common mistakes in front of their more experienced coworkers which can sink their morale and discourage them. Of course, in the interview phase, they show a lot of promise, loyalty, and budding talent, but that should not stop there. Investing time into the first day of a new employee should keep that momentum going. New hires should have that feeling of being passionate about their job and with the company.
Managers have to supervise this new recruit to make their first day a success, make them feel that they are part of the team. These simple steps will make a new employee an efficient member of the company.
It is very important to introduce new hires to everyone on the team. It seems simple, but it really is essential. Giving time to introduce them around and be acquainted with the rest of the team established their identity. Do not simply introduce the new hire by their name or what tasks are they appointed with. Provide background of what the tasks they are assigned to and their sets of skills.
“Everyone, I’d like to meet Jen. She’s our new content writer and proofreader. She does an amazing job at writing content and she’ll be a huge help for promoting our website. If there’s any content you want to be checked, just let her know what you need.”
In this way, introductions also include an acknowledgment of the new employee’s strengths and responsibilities in the team which will make the new employee feel involved and welcomed.
- Welcoming Team
Integrating new hires to the team does not stop at introductions. It is always a good idea to let the team adjust to the new employee. Managers should see to it that the team will also orient and coach their new member, not setting them up for failure or feelings of being overwhelmed on their first day. See to it that new hires are closely monitored in any case they need more assistance or have questions.
- Set Up the Training Program
It would be disheartening for the new employee if managers would just simply toss them the list of video tutorials and manuals for them to read, give them their username and password in the company’s software, and simply say “Just get familiar with it. It’s easy enough to understand.” It would seem like new hires are being left on their own and inevitably they’ll have doubts as to whether or not this company appreciates their presence and potential.
Conducting training programs to familiarize them of what their responsibilities are, getting them acquainted with upcoming projects, and how their skills can contribute to the organization’s success. This makes new hires feel that they are valued and gives them confidence that they’ve found the right job.
- Establish Short-Term Goals
Some new employees may immediately become overly eager to contribute to ongoing large projects. However, it’s best if new hires have short-term goals to work on. Setting some short-term goals with new hires during the first day of work will make them feel more connected with the company’s own larger goals. Small successes will help them build their confidence and earn the respect of their coworkers.
- Provide a Mentor
Usually, new employees are not yet familiar with the details of their tasks or how it should be done. They will have inquiries during their first few days or weeks on the job. Managers won’t be there all the time to entertain questions since they also have tasks of their own to finish. Providing a mentor can make new hires feel more comfortable when they have questions. Instead of wondering who to approach, they already have one designated person whom they know will help them. It can help them ease the tension and be more productive at work.
- Share Company History
As the first day draws to a close, helping new employees understand the company culture they are now immersed in is a great way to round out the day. Open up to them about the company’s history so that they can fully understand the organization they’re now a part of. This will boost morale and will help make new hires work more efficiently with their team members.
By the end of the day, encourage the new employee to talk about what they have noticed about their new responsibilities. By simply asking “So how was your first day?” you convey that management cares what new hires think about their new working environment. This quick conversation can provide insight to how new employees feel and how their team members behaved towards them. Requesting feedback can also help managers provide suggestions to improve performance for the next day.
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