Tips for bringing new people into your team
Both leaders and existing team members want the new person to be productive and make a valuable contribution as quickly as possible. New employees need to get up to speed on the job and the organization, as well as be able to make relevant internal and external connections quickly and efficiently. There are many things you can do as a leader or business owner that will help your new hires get off to a great start and feel like valued members of the team. Here are my top five, straight-forward tips for effective onboarding:
We all know first impressions are important, so make sure you’re organized and ready to go on their first day. Make sure you’re there to greet them and don’t leave them waiting at reception or at the front. You can ask them to start on their first day to allow you time to settle in and settle before they arrive.
Make them feel welcome
Call them a few days before they start and let them know you’re looking forward to them joining the team and offer to answer any questions they have before their first day. As their leader, they’ll want and need time with you on their first day, and there will be some more regular interactions during the first few weeks.
Role clarity from the beginning
It’s not enough to read a position description and go through the interview process to be absolutely clear about what a new employee needs and to know what a good one looks like. Avoid making employee assumptions, reading between the lines, or finding out the hard way about how things work and what they need to do
Bring them into the team, not just at work. Let the team know in advance that a new person is joining the team so they can welcome the person to the office or site. This allows them to introduce themselves and offer help if they need it or seem a little lost. Set up coffee, morning tea, or lunch with the group so everyone can get together and get to know each other.
Hello Logeswaran Vishnukanth,
Let me answer from the HR perspective first: As an HR executive, there are several tips to consider when bringing new people into your team. Firstly, it’s important to have a well-defined hiring process that clearly outlines the job requirements, the interview process, and the expected timeline for making a hiring decision. Additionally, consider sourcing candidates from diverse backgrounds and utilizing various recruiting channels, such as social media and employee referrals. Finally, make sure to provide a positive onboarding experience that includes clear communication, training and development opportunities, and support from managers and colleagues.
Provide a comprehensive orientation: In addition to meeting with the new hire one-on-one, make sure to provide a comprehensive orientation that covers company policies, procedures, and culture. This can include training on any relevant software or systems, as well as introductions to key stakeholders and team members.
Assign a mentor: Consider assigning a mentor to the new hire to help them navigate the organization and provide support and guidance. This can be someone from their team or another department who can answer questions and provide feedback.
Set clear expectations: Make sure to set clear expectations and goals for the new hire. This can include specific performance metrics or milestones, as well as deadlines and timelines for completing tasks and projects.
Provide feedback and recognition: Regularly provide feedback and recognition to the new hire to help them grow and develop in their role. This can include positive reinforcement for a job well done, as well as constructive feedback to help them improve and meet their goals.
Overall, the key is to create a welcoming and supportive environment for new hires, where they feel valued and empowered to make a meaningful contribution to the team and organization.