6 Ways To Energize New Employees On Day One

August 22, 2017

There are right ways and wrong ways to bring new employees on board. One way energizes new employees with a positive start. Another way immediately sets a negative tone for the new job and employer. It takes relatively little effort to begin a new employment process that will produce a dedicated, high performing employee...assuming the right employee was hired in the first place.

Rather than leaving to chance how a new employee will get started on the job, concentrate on the following six positive steps that will welcome a new employee to your place of business and make them a part of your company culture.

1. Welcome Note – A welcome note before day one even arrives helps to start building a bond between a new employee and a new place of employment. Regardless of the position, a welcome note can come from the owner, HR department, manager, or even a designated colleague welcoming the new employee. Before the new recruit even steps one foot in the door, a feeling of connection and involvement will start to build that can last for the full time of employment.

2. Partner Up – No one knows what to do the first day on the job, so assign a long-term employee to show the “newbie” the ropes. It doesn't take much effort to point out the break room, restrooms, when and where to go to lunch, where supplies are kept, and some of the more general protocols of the business. This lets the new employee feel good on day one.

3. Details Matter – For an experienced employee, details don’t seem to matter. They know everything from months or years on the job. For a new employee, however, something as simple as using the phone system or scanning on the big machine in the corner can be confusing. Although these details might be in an instructional manual tucked away in a desk drawer, it is much easier to learn with a quick one-on-one review. A little effort can definitely ease day one confusion.

4. Lunch Date – Even though partnering up for a day or two might take place and the new employee is told where the popular and convenient places are to have lunch, actually inviting a new employee to lunch initiates the process of collegiality and makes the new employee feel a “fit” with the existing group immediately.  

5. Cross-Communication – Although a new employee is obviously hired for a specific job, communicating and observing employees in other job functions and other departments gives a new employee a wide perspective of the entire business. The time spent talking to other employees and learning about the business in general is well worth the effort and far more informative for the new employee than simply researching the Internet about the new employer. An informed employee is a better employee.

6. Mentor – Although “partnering up” is important to learn the nuances of a particular company, mentoring cannot be overlooked. While it is assumed that a new employee is capable of handling the tasks and responsibilities for the job he or she was hired for, mentoring and on-the-job training is an important element for success on the job. Rather than letting the new employees perceive how they think the job should be performed, mentoring provides guidance so the job is performed correctly at the start.

Assuming sufficient time has been spent searching for the right employee, interviewing, and checking references, spending a little extra time the first few days a new employee is on the job can have a big payoff in the future by providing the new employee with an initial positive experience. When the right approach is taken from the start, new employees can be energized throughout their tenure with the company.