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Tips for Making A New Employee’s First Week Successful

The onboarding process is important for both you and your staff. 
It helps make sure they’re set up for success, feel like part of the team, and begin to understand their role in your small business. If you don’t take the time to introduce and integrate new hires properly, you run the risk of losing them quickly.

Check out these five tips for making sure your new hire’s first week of onboarding is positive:

1. Make introductions

Meeting everyone at once can feel overwhelming, and a lot of important information about roles and responsibilities can be easily missed. If possible, arrange for your new team member to have lunch or grab coffee with a different person every day during their first week. This gives them the chance to get to know their coworkers, ask questions one-on-one, and begin to understand what their working relationship will entail

2. Use an onboarding checklist

At the beginning of the week, give your new team member a list of key tasks you want them to accomplish during their first week. Include all the essentials, from signing into their email account to learning how to use the scanner. A checklist will give your new employee a clear idea of what is expected of them that first week and can provide an early sense of accomplishment as they complete each task.

3. Correct mistakes immediately

Your new hire may be used to doing things differently in their last job, so there will be an adjustment period as they learn your processes. If you see them doing things in a way that you don’t approve, be sure to intervene immediately. On the other hand, different perspectives can lead to increased efficiency and new innovations in your business. Consider what your new employee can bring to the table and, if possible, utilize their prior experience to make improvements in your operation.  

4. Share your culture

Your work environment shapes your employees’ daily lives at work, so make sure your new team member has a clear understanding of your company culture and mission statement. Take some time during their first week to share your company’s history and what makes you stand out from your competitors.

5. Check in at the end of the week

Your new employee will have a lot to take in during their first few days on the job, so schedule a short meeting at the end of the week to check in. Find out what their initial impressions of the business are, if they want additional traning in some areas, and if they have any other questions about their roles and responsibilities.

Onboarding your new hire so they truly feel like part of the team is an ongoing process that extends past their first week. Learn more about how to create a successful onboarding process.