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For many this year, even though numbers might not have been as high as other years, January and February have seen an influx of new faces around the office.

The arrival of these newbies is an opportune moment to reflect on how you can not just welcome them, but truly integrate them into your teams. It’s hardly a secret that the way we bring people into our organisations can make or break their experience – and, by extension, their commitment and performance.

Research is loud and clear on this: a well-thought-out onboarding process is directly linked to happier, more productive employees who are not just likely to stick around but also to thrive. Despite this, the sad reality is that many companies still treat this process as an afterthought, leading to unnecessary stress and a disheartening start for many.

But fear not! I’ve put together a checklist that’s all about adding that personal touch and ensuring your newbies feel not just welcomed but valued from day one. Let’s dive in!

The HR Hub’s New Starter Success Checklist

  • First Impressions Matter: A Warm Welcome Goes a Long Way: Nothing says “we’re glad you’re here” like being greeted by friendly faces on your first day. Make sure someone’s there to welcome them, their workspace is all set, and they have the tools they need. It’s the little things that count.
  • Buddy Up: The Power of a Good Mentor: Pair your new starter with a seasoned pro who’s not just knowledgeable but also approachable. This mentor can help them navigate the new environment, introduce them to the team, and be a go-to for all those “how do we do things here?” questions. It’s about making connections and feeling supported.
  • The Big Picture: Sharing Your Story:Take the time to share the essence of your organisation – its history, values, and vision. Show them how they fit into this bigger picture. It’s an empowering reminder that they’ve made a fantastic choice in joining your team.
  • Setting the Stage: Clear Expectations Lead to Success: What does success look like in their role? Be clear about your expectations, both in terms of their contributions and the standards you uphold. Kick things off with some immediate tasks and outline broader goals. Transparency about performance reviews and any probation period is key to building trust.
  • Open Doors: Ensuring They’re Comfortable and Confident: Make sure they know it’s okay to ask questions and seek help. Schedule any necessary training and check in regularly to ensure they’re settling in just fine. It’s all about open communication and readiness to support.

A thoughtful onboarding experience isn’t just a nice-to-have; it’s a must for encouraging motivation and performance. Done right, it sets the stage for a rewarding relationship with each new team member.

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