Savvy business leaders know that ensuring the first day for new employees goes well is critical. That’s why it’s imperative that your department managers know how to plan a good first day.
Overall first day objectives:
- Welcome the new employee; make them comfortable.
- Reinforce their decision to join your company.
- Answer their questions and concerns.
- Communicate how they and their department fit into your company.
- Convey your expectations.
- Explain the schedule for the first day to your employee
- Have their work area completely ready
- Take them to lunch
- Introduce them to co-workers and team members
- Introduce them to the management team
- Show them how to use the phone
- Make sure they are comfortable with their computer and its software and programs
Answer questions and concerns about:
- Dress code
- Arrival and departure times
- Scheduling/taking lunch
- Meetings and typical meeting locations
- Evening and weekend office access
- Where to go for first aid
- Open/shut door policies
- Overall company culture
- Appropriate office decor
- Location of office supplies
- Company/department acronyms
Be sure you’ve:
- Provided them a job description
- Shared with them at least two objectives for their first 90 days
- Briefly explained the appraisal process
- Provided them an organization chart and employee phone list
And then, work hard to keep your new employee engaged, challenged and feeling welcomed at your company.
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