It doesn’t matter if your new hire won a Nobel Peace Prize and is a card-carrying Mensa member, even the most stellar new employee can run into pitfalls if your Arizona office space doesn’t employ a thorough onboarding process. Proper introduction and assimilation to the office ensures the newbie feels comfortable and is prepared to work. Gaps in information and training or a “figure it out yourself” mentality can prove stressful for the new employee and can cost your company productive time—and we all know that time is money.
These tips for onboarding new employees will make sure your new hires feel comfortable, knowledgeable and can quickly assimilate into your office environment.
• Give your Phoenix office space a heads up. Let the office or relevant departments know that a new employee will be joining the team. Be sure to emphasize that they should make the new hire feel welcome, and maybe brief them on some background information about the person. “John Doe is joining us from XYZ Company. He spent the last year backpacking through Southeast Asia.” Think of this as a pre-icebreaker.
• Prepare in advance. Send new employees their employee handbooks and any paperwork they can complete ahead of time to streamline the onboarding process. Be sure to provide any background information they may need to familiarize themselves with, include parking instructions, company dress code, and options for lunch. Prepare training and orientation materials in advance so everything runs smoothly and efficiently the day-of.
• Set up their space. Prepare their desk or cubicle so it’s ready for them to work. Include necessary login information, pens and other supplies, and a list of relevant phone numbers they might need.
• Orientate them to the company. In their training, take the time to orientate them with the company culture, organizational chart showing chain of command, history of the company as well as written and unwritten rules of your Phoenix office space.
• Introduce them. Make sure the necessary introductions are made so the new hire can get acquainted with the rest of the office. Introduce them to the people they will be working with, and make it clear who they should come to with questions are issues.
• Cover the nuts and bolts. Inform your new hire about all the small details they may need to know to get through daily office life. Point them in the direction of the supply closet, show them how to use the copier and where the bathrooms are. If you cover the little things now, they won’t need to ask you later.
What onboarding methods do you use to introduce new hires to your organization? Tell us by commenting on our LinkedIn page. If you have any questions regarding an Arizona office space, direct them to Camroad Properties. Check out our blog for more tips and advice on office culture!
WRITTEN BY: Portia Dempsey