by Susan Paige
If you’ve ever begun a new job at a new company, then you know just how intimidating your first day or even the first couple of weeks can be. You’re learning a new routine, getting to know new people, and figuring out where everything is in the office.
These first few weeks of being a new employee are crucial for forming a good opinion of your new workplace and how they operate. When you’re on the other side of the coin and welcoming new employees, it’s your responsibility to make the experience smooth and enjoyable.
That’s why it’s so important to create the perfect onboarding process for new employees. When you have figured out a nice flow and structure for your onboarding process, you and your new employee will easily fall into new routines.
Properly Introduce Them
Stepping into a new workplace for the first time can be a bit overwhelming. Make your new employee feel welcomed and part of the team by introducing them to their colleagues and giving them an office tour.
It’s also a good idea to host a team lunch with the people they will be working with the most. This is a great chance to network and really feel like they’re part of something bigger.
Create a Step-by-Step Process
There is quite a lot that goes into the onboarding process for new employees. From getting their work email setup to collecting tax documents and more. To ensure everything is done properly, you should create a visual, step-by-step process where you and your new employee can go through the process.
It’s a good idea to use project management tools like Monday.com or Asana to organize this. Plus, you can upload digital documents all in one place and set the status for each step, and notify each other of completion or questions.
Guide Their Learning
One of the most important parts of the onboarding process for new employees is the training and educational part. Put together videos in-house or use platforms like hsi.com to keep your new employees engaged and learning their way around their new work environment.
It’s also a good idea to create an employee handbook that they can refer back to throughout their time working for your company. This can include things about office management, rules and regulations, and contact information for certain departments.
Make Them Feel at Home
You want your new employee to feel at home when they start working for your company. One way to do this is to ensure all of their onboarding paperwork is done quickly. This also means getting them set up with everything they need in an efficient manner.
They should receive their computer, work email, work phone, parking space, office badge, and business cards during their first week. When done promptly, your new employee will instantly feel at home and can hit the ground running on their new tasks and assignments.