If you want to reduce turnover and keep your employees around for the long haul, you’ll need to come up with an onboarding strategy that makes them feel comfortable from day one. Here are some tips on how to do just that:
1. Have a welcome strategy in place: When your new employee arrives for work on their first day, don’t just lead them to their cubicle, hand them some paperwork and walk away. Consider putting together a welcome package, with personalized promotional products, or other goodies that you think they’ll appreciate.
2. Introduce them to immediate staff: Everyone who is directly involved with the new employee, from management on down, should be introduced. This will help them feel more at ease, and they’ll get a sense of who is who within the company.
3. Use the buddy system: Assign a co-worker to spend some time with the new employee, show them around, make more introductions, and go for lunch with them. Your new hire won’t feel as isolated if they have someone with them to make them feel comfortable.
4. Express interest in them as a person: Make eye contact with your new employee, and ask questions that show you are genuinely interested in them as a person. This helps them understand that they’re not just a number, they are a valued resource within the company.
5. Immerse them in the company culture: Assign your new hire roles and get their input where needed right from the beginning. Encourage them to come up with their own personal plan on where they want to go both short term and long term.
Making your new employees feel welcome as soon as they walk through the door on their first day will go a long way to making them more comfortable and at ease in their new environment. Whether with personalized promotional products or other gifts, your employees will be happier. When you have happy employees, you have happy customers, and as a result, bigger profits.