You remember the feeling, don't you? Walking into the office for the first time, surrounded by new faces and a sense of nervous excitement. Will you like it? Will the people you're working with like you? That's perhaps the one thing that doesn't change between childhood and adulthood -- the desire to fit in and be accepted.
When a new hire joins your company, make a concerted effort to make them feel welcome. Try to remember that this person is part of the team now -- not an interloper that is going to interfere with the balance. The sooner they feel comfortable in their surroundings, the quicker they'll be up and running, making everyone's jobs just a little easier.
To help make the new hire feel welcome, try some of these things:
- Enlist the help of a few other coworkers and create a welcome basket for the new person. It doesn't have to be fancy -- an in-basket with some pens, Post-it pads and maybe a coffee mug or company tee left on their desk will let them know they're entering friendly waters.
- Offer to show them around. This is especially helpful if your office is on a large campus or in a crowded area of town.
- Introduce them to others in the company. They may not work directly with these people, but seeing a familiar face can go a long way toward boosting morale.
- Invite them to join your group for coffee or lunch. Spending time in a more casual setting will help put them at ease and give everyone an opportunity to get to know one another outside of the confines of the office.
- Make it clear you are available to answer questions. There's nothing worse than starting a job with no one to turn to with inquiries.
In short, be the person you wish you had (or may have had) when you joined the company.
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