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How to Welcome a New Employee

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As a manager, it's important to make a good first impression when someone starts working for your company. Welcome a new employee properly so she feels like she made a good job decision. An employee who feels cared about also may work more productively. Creating a support system for new employees builds trust and helps you retain workers.

Prepare her desk or office. Supply all the necessary tools she'll need to do her job.

Ask the head of your IT department to set up her email and show her how to access pertinent systems.

Put together a small welcome basket. Include such items as office supplies, a coffee mug, a water jug, cookies, note pads, candy or a potted plant. Leave it on his desk the morning he's scheduled to arrive. Include a welcome note signed by all his coworkers.

Be available as soon as your employee arrives. Sit down and welcome her. Make a little small talk before you show her where she'll work. Give her a little time to settle in.

Arrange a time to show your new employee around the office. Introduce him to key people he'll need to know to do his job. Show him such pertinent areas as the cafeteria, break room, rest room and office medicine cabinet or first aid kit.

Assign your new employee a buddy who can show her the ropes and answer questions. Introduce the new employee to her buddy. Give them time to chat and get to know each other.

Ease him into his first day. Assign him an easy task or ask him to shadow his buddy.

Schedule a lunch for your new employee. Invite her coworkers to give everyone time to get to know each other better away from the office.

Sit down with your new employee after lunch. Go over the particulars of her position, as well as the company rules. Ask her if she has any questions so far. Give her more time to settle in at her desk, read through procedure manuals or perform easy tasks for the rest of the day.

Remain available throughout his first few days so you can answer questions and check in with your new employee. You don't want him to feel like he's been thrown in without any assistance.

Tip

Introduce your new employee to the head of your human resources department. Your HR manager may schedule orientation sessions for new employees. She also can provide new employees with tax forms and insurance information.

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