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Why Welcoming New Hires Matters

Someone welcoming a new hire

Believe it or not, but by the end of their first day, many new hires question whether they should have changed companies – and it’s not simply because of nerves or a fear of the unknown. Often, it has everything to do with the company’s integration practices – or lack thereof.

This brings us to the topic of orientation versus integration. When we think “orientation,” we think employee handbooks, filling out forms, lengthy presentations, and videos. Combine these with other classic first-day mistakes – like failing to setup a proper workstation, neglecting to introduce coworkers, and assigning busywork – and it’s no wonder why some new hires feel regretful when they go home at the end of their first day.

However, when we think “integration,” we think “involvement” and “belonging.” Paperwork and policies are important, but so is setting the stage for a long-term, productive relationship with your new employee. It’s all about making them feel welcome – and it doesn’t take much. Invite them to lunch for the first few days, provide them with free supplies or company-branded swag, have senior management greet them with a phone call, and make sure they get to do something productive right from the get-go.

To help institute these welcoming tactics, it’s also a good idea to create a standard onboarding checklist that lays out exactly what should be covered during a new hire’s first two weeks on the job.

Properly welcoming new employees into your organization can dramatically increase your retention rate, which in turn has a positive impact on your bottom line. After all, it costs much less to retain an employee than to replace them.

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