New Hire
Diversity & Inclusion HR Tips

Making Your New Hire Comfortable

As recruiters and HR people, we welcome recruits regularly. While this may be a normal routine practice for us, a new hire who is not used to your company culture may find his first day difficult. It might not be real but subconsciously they might feel all eyes are on them. Anxiety to perform better and create a good first impression often results in unusual behaviors.As recruiters and HR people, we welcome recruits regularly. While this may be a normal routine practice for us, a new hire who is not used to your company culture may find his first day difficult. It might not be real but subconsciously they might feel all eyes are on them. Anxiety to perform better and create a good first impression often results in unusual behaviors.

As HR, it becomes our responsibility to make sure that we are doing whatever it takes to ensure the new hires are given a warm welcome and made to feel like they are now a part of the family. I have created a list of innovative ways in which you can do this and here we go.

A Goodie Bag with Greetings

Goodie Bag

As your new hire goes to their desk, keep a welcome kit to give him a small surprise. The kit can consist of things that define the brand image of your organization such as a T-shirt, a notebook, a coffee mug, and a small box of chocolates. Do not forget to include a personalized welcome message. This one is my personal favorite.

As your new hire goes to their desk, keep a welcome kit to give him a small surprise. The kit can consist of things that define the brand image of your organization such as a T-shirt, a notebook, a coffee mug, and a small box of chocolates. Do not forget to include a personalized welcome message. This one is my personal favorite.

An Office Tour

Office Tour

A fun-filled interactive office tour is always the best start to a new person’s day of work. Take them on the office tour and introduce them to the people so that they can have a conversation later. Remember, the first tour is very important as it introduces them to your office for the first time. Make sure it is a fun one and not the way Racheal did the office tour for Mike in Season 1 of suits.

The first Lunch is on you

New Hire

Once the work starts, it becomes much easy to get engrossed in it. Then come the lunch break and they see everyone dashing out with their group. It feels terrible to eat alone at an unknown place for the first time. Invite them to eat with you and that becomes the next step to make them comfortable. Try indulging in conversations where they can express themselves and be a good listener.

Introduce Via Technology

Draft an interactive email that contains the new employee’s photograph and a short bio. Send it to everyone and don’t forget to mention the social media profiles that they want to share with everyone. It is often seen that people get connected on social media first than in real life. This virtual introduction, therefore, becomes very important.

Mentor/ Buddy Allocation

Mentor Mentee

Introduce them to a senior or a coworker preferably from the same department. This allows them to connect with a person instantly when facing an issue. While you will always be there to help, a person from the same department will always understand the issues in a better way.

Remember, they are new and will require help in a lot of things such as setting up an email account, understanding brand practices, documentation, etc. Be there for them and follow these to have a wonderful onboarding experience.