Being the new employee at a company can be overwhelming, so it is important for employers to plan ahead to make their new employee’s first day a success. Here are four tips to help make any employees first day easier:
1. Prepare and Introduce Your Team
It is important for employees to know when a new member will be joining the team, so sending out an email prior to their first day will go a long way. It would be beneficial to include the name, title and possibly even some background information about the new employee, so the team knows who to expect and where they will fit in the team.
2. Prepare Their Space
You don't want your new employee to feel like an afterthought on their first day, so planning ahead and preparing them a space, whether it be an office or just a cubicle, is very important. Make sure their space is clean and tidy, with all of the supplies they will need to succeed at their new position. If they need a computer, also make sure that it is cleaned off and ready to go to prevent the usual technology issues on the first day.
3. Make Time to Train and Have a Plan
Again, you don't want to make your new employee feel like an afterthought, so having someone escort them to their desk and leaving them there for the rest of the day to figure things out on their own is not the way to go. Reschedule appointments and get important work out of the way prior to your new employee’s first day, so when that day comes you can take at least a few hours off to help your employee get settled in. Teach them what they need to know, show them how to use the software; every company does things differently, so even if they have been in the field for a decade, it is important for you to take the time to teach them how your company runs.
4. Print the Important Things
Make sure to have all of the necessary paperwork printed by the time they get there to make it run smoother. Along with paperwork, make sure to have all employee handbooks or informational booklets printed out so they can read over the company policies and procedures when they have downtime. Also, it would help to give new employees a list of important people to contact when things go wrong or when they just need a little help.