There is nothing worse than turning up for your first day and feeling like your team didn't get the memo that their is a new hotshot on the block.
As an employer this sets the tone of the relationship. The last thing you want is your new star sitting bored, feeling like this was maybe a mistake...
Fear not! We have compiled a simple checklist to follow when you hire someone new. Step by step we will help you make your new hotshot feel like part of the family from DayOne ;)
1. Book at least an hour and half out for their arrival
Your new start is likely to be anxious about arriving, make sure you have enough time to make sure they feel at ease. Make it official, block out time in your calendar.
2. Make sure their desk is set up with style
You knew it was coming, yes we are a company the sells employee welcome packs, it would be mighty odd if we didn't recommend that you use our service. With that in mind - the reason DayOne was founded was due to the observed excitement and energy a simple welcome pack can create.
Here is our ideal desk set up
- A 'good' desk, yes their new, but don't sit them beside the
- A DayOne welcome pack in the centre
- Any documentation they might find handy
- Any tech they are going to need (Laptops, phone, mouse, keyboard, screen etc)
- Idealy positioned where they can see you - you are probably the only person they know don't make them go on quest to find you!
3. Introduce them to people and show them around
Protip: A few days before - make sure you know everyone's names, nothing worse than trying to introduce someone as "guy with glasses that never cleans his desk"
Don't leave your new start to venture around the office walking into cupboards trying to find the toilet. Show them around, introduce them to the team. Introduce what each person does and what they are working on - if your unsure just ask the person your introducing to give a quick overflow and nod along...
4. Prepare an agenda for their first week
This one takes a bit of prep but is well worth it. The first week of a new job can be dull. It's your job to kill this trend. Plan a week worth of tasks to give your newbie an energetic start to their new post. One to one meetings are good idea but make sure they are short and don't just book them to meet everyone you can think of - thats boring. Set tasks, mini projects or missions - mix it up!
5. Take them out for lunch
It's likely your newbie is going to be facing an awkward first couple of lunches. Make it easy - take them out on the company and invite the rest of their team. This is also a good opportunity to show them the surrounding area.
That's it! With these simple steps you will make your new star feel at home in no time. If you have any onboarding tips you would like to share we would love to hear from you feel free to contact us or comment below! :)