New employees are inundated with information on their first day at work. Although they’re excited to learn about their new employer’s company and culture, as well as their job responsibilities, it easily can become information overload. Typically, new team members must complete new hire paperwork, review an employee handbook, enroll in benefits, tour the office, and meet their teammates on their first day of work, as well as learning some basics of their new job.
When a company is growing quickly, or if a position has been open for an extended time, employees may be stretched thin, making it difficult to make time for and focus on welcoming a new team member.
What makes a great first day of work?
Feeling welcome. No one likes walking into a new situation and feeling unexpected, unwanted, or inconvenient. It can make for an uncomfortable, awkward experience, and certainly doesn’t help the new employee feel like part of a team.
Knowing what to expect. At Staff One HR, we developed an introductory video to share with newly hired employees before their first day of work, to help them feel comfortable when they arrive to join our team. For example, it includes basic information like:
- Office address
- Where to park
- Dress code
- What to bring in order to complete I-9 and other new hire paperwork
- “First Day” lunch with your new boss and/or coworkers
- List of kitchen amenities
New employees tell us that this 90-second video helps them feel more comfortable and better prepared for a successful first day at their new job.
Having a designated resource person. Assigning a “buddy” for the first day or two, as well as providing a structured orientation for the new employee will go a long way toward integration into your company and culture. Providing more than just on-the-job training shows an investment in the individual, inspiring confidence and loyalty.
Take the time to make advance preparations for each new employee. You only have one chance to make a first impression, and making new employees feel welcome and valued on their first day of work will pay huge dividends. Contact the author directly at email@example.com.