However, this is not always the case as a lot of candidates feel nervous about starting with a new employer, or are not 100% confident that they have made the right decision. Or they may be making their first move for many years so become very apprehensive about what to expect. Maybe the candidate had plenty of job offers and various companies are still trying to entice them with a better offer.
- Make sure all the team know when the new starter is coming and that they know the individuals’ name.
- Introduce the new starter to the full team when they arrive.
- Ensure that their desk is set up as you would expect it to be if you were a new starter, that all materials the newcomer will require are prepared in advance, such as IT equipment, company literature, badges, passes, employee hand book, health & safety information etc.
- Show the new starter around the office so they know where basic things are such as kitchen, toilets, reception etc.
- Have a full work plan for their first week or two so they know exactly what to expect and they can see you’re organised with a full criteria of what you are going to train them on. Examples of this can be what KPI’s or targets they are working to initially, an hour by hour plan of what they are doing throughout each day, what training they will be participating in and who with.
- Ensure you sit down and go through general house rules so they know what to expect concerning, start and finish times, lunches, breaks, dress codes etc.
- Explain promotion targets if applicable.
- Assign the newcomer a mentor/buddy that they can turn to regarding matters they don’t necessarily want to speak to their manager about.