How to Welcome Your New Team Members

Showcase Your Workplace to New Employees

If you have new members of staff starting soon, then make sure that you do everything you can to make them feel welcome.

Starting a new job is scary. You probably remember it well – the uncertainty, loneliness and fear that you are going to do something wrong. What if you could make starting a new role as smooth and stress free as possible for people in your workplace? Well, there are a few ways to do so.

Use the buddy system

There is nothing worse than starting a new job and feeling like you have no one to turn to for help and advice. That’s why it’s a great idea to implement the buddy system. When someone new arrives, assign them a workplace buddy who will show them the ropes during those crucial first few days. They’ll be able to show the new arrival where everything is, answer their questions, and give them insider knowledge such as how everyone likes their tea and coffee!

Invest in team building

Team building events are a great idea, especially if you are welcoming a few new members of staff to your workplace. If you get in touch with team building experts such as Zing Events, they’ll be able to help you choose fun activities that will allow everyone to come together and working well as a team. Whether it’s baking, hunting for treasure or making cocktails, the right team building event will bring office newbies out of their shells in no time.

Organise an office lunch

If you can, try to get the team together for lunch. With so much to learn, it can be hard for new employees to find the time to relax and connect with their new colleagues. Organising an office lunch means that everyone can sit down, unwind, and any new arrivals will have the opportunity to get to know their new co-workers outside of an office environment. It doesn’t have to be anywhere fancy – a local coffee bar or cafe would be perfect.

Prepare their desk

Having a new employee’s desk ready for them is a nice way to welcome them to the office. Make sure that their new workspace is clean and tidy, free of anything that’s a reminder of its old occupant, and leave a little welcome note there for them to open. It could also be a good idea to leave a printout with essential info such as passwords and email addresses so that they have the information they need to go about their jobs with confidence.

Keep checking in

It’s important to keep checking in with new members of staff to see how they are settling into their new roles. For the first few weeks, schedule a weekly meeting (nothing too formal or scary!) so that you can talk with them about any concerns that they may have and just get to know them a bit better. Showing that you are a boss who is committed to their happiness and growth in the workplace will make them feel at home.

You know what to do next

As you can see, it only takes a little bit of time and effort to help those starting work at your company to feel welcome. So next time you offer someone a role and send them that all important welcome email, put into motion a plan to show them why your company is the best place to work.