How to make a new employee feel welcome

We all know how daunting a first day at a new job can be. Not only do you have to give a good first impression to everyone you meet, but you have to remember everything you’re shown; from how the computer system operates to the name of your boss.

It’s tough, but there’s one thing that can make it easier though. And that’s being welcomed by those who already work there.

If you’re unsure how to deal with a new employee and make them feel comfortable, we’ve put together a few tips.

Prepare a welcome plan

The first few minutes of an employee’s day is going to determine how the next few hours unfold. That’s why it’s so important to have a welcome plan in place. Think about what your first day was like. What was missed off the agenda? What weren’t you shown? What would you have liked to have been shown?

You don’t want a new employee to show up and be without a plan. What are they going to do for the first hour? What do they need to learn?

The welcome plan should detail everything they do the minute they enter your office. For example:

  • A tour of offices
  • Introduction meeting
  • Shown to their desk
  • Introduce to colleagues
  • Run through operating system
  • Etc etc

Find them a friend

Not making any friends is the biggest fear for anyone who’s new. The thought of spending hours at work without anyone to talk to isn’t pleasant, so buddy the new guy up with someone else in the office. This person’s job will be to show the newbie the ropes. Be there to offer guidance on things they get stuck with. Show them where the best places in town to have lunch are.

In essence, to make them feel as comfortable as possible.

Small gestures matter

For anyone settling into a new role, small gestures can go a long way. Things like saying hello first thing in the morning, smiling at them in the hall, inviting them out to lunch – make them feel like part of your business rather than an outsider.

And that’s it. Bringing a new employee into the office is exciting. They’re going to be of real value to your business. Just make sure you make them feel welcome.