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Is this Your Situation: Maintaining Your New Employees' Enthusiasm

Updated: Jul 4

The typical process for hiring new employees goes something like this. Your human resources (HR) department works hard to find the perfect candidates and convey the benefits, bonuses, positive culture, and career growth of working for your company. Your HR representative offers the best candidate a position and the candidate accepts and signs the offer letter.

A person in a suit walking down a paved street with the word Opportunity written across it

Demonstrate They Are Valued

Demonstrating to new employees how important and valuable they are can go a long way. Employment is a two-way relationship, especially for highly sought-after individuals. Although many companies officially use probationary periods with new employees, new employees also decide whether they like working for their new employer. After all, from the employee's job search, his or her resume is most likely still on social media and in recruiters' hands. So how can you keep them engaged with your company and job?

Make Them Feel Welcomed

Consider some of these affordable suggestions:

  • Send or give the new employee a welcome card that communicates how happy you are to have them as part of the team.

  • Before the new employee's first day of work, set up their workstation, computer log-ins, and permissions. It can be frustrating to be unable to contribute because equipment isn’t ready. The longer it takes to set up, the more you communicate that your new employee is simply not a priority.

  • In addition to having a company list with titles and phone numbers, provide a list of the appropriate contacts for common questions, such as the following:

  • Expense reports, general accounting questions

  • Ordering supplies

  • Technical expertise

  • Administrative questions

  • Local businesses and directions

  • Ask the new employee to speak with several of their new coworkers. You may even want to create a mentorship program to encourage seasoned employees to partner with new employees to teach them about the company culture as well as the job itself.

Companies spend a lot of time and money recruiting employees, paying referral fees, and hosting company functions. Being proactive about the small things that make the best first impression can make a significant difference in the success of each employee and each project.

Do you have more questions about onboarding new staff members? Contact FIC Human Resource Partners about our Nuance Workforce Solutions and Nuance Culture Consulting lines today and learn how we can help.

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