According to new Dale Carnegie research, employees who have been with a company for under a year tend to be less engaged than their “older” colleagues. It’s crucial to take some smart steps to engage new employees immediately — so they don’t become permanently disengaged. Here are four things to do with every recruit during their first month on the job:
Tip 1: Organize an Employee Engagement Orientation Program.
Starting a new job is tough; it’s like switching schools and being the new kid. An orientation program can help ease any growing pains. “In many cases, employees become frustrated — and disengaged — when they have problems learning the ‘rules of the road’ with their new employer,” says human resources executive Amanda Haddaway. At a smaller company, an orientation could be as simple as an HR person or manager having a quick chat with a new employee about corporate culture, benefits and other details. “New employees will feel like they are part of the larger organization if they have a solid understanding of the company and its mission, work, etc.,” says Haddaway.
Tip 2: Make Sure Their Phone Works.
There’s nothing that makes a new employee feel less welcome than getting the impression that you’re not ready for their first day. “Have his or her key, parking spot, desk, computer, and login credentials ready to go, so it feels like you are expecting them and are actively welcoming them. Printing temporary business cards until permanent ones are available is also a nice touch,” says human resources consultant Carolyn Roney. They’ll be able to hit the ground running, which is a great feeling for a newbie.
Tip 3: Connect Them with a Mentor.
Assigning a mentor to your new employee can also ensure they’re formally welcomed into the fold. “Mentors can be exceptionally effective in facilitating one-on-one employee engagement and immersion,” says Roney. A good mentor may invite the new employee to networking events, counsel him or her on how to rise through the company ranks and answer day-to-day questions or concerns.
Tip 4: Give Them a Handy Team Directory.
“It’s difficult to remember everyone’s name when you’re first introduced to them,” notes career coach Meg Montford. A printout of names, telephone numbers and titles, ready to be tacked up in a cube, can help. New employees will feel instantly more comfortable in a new job if they know who to ask their inevitable questions (and what to call that person).
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