So Tell Me About Yourself – Part II

Employers, did you know that employees are typically at their highest engagement level the first 6 months of employment? As an employer, we all have the best intentions when it comes to bringing on a new employee, but usually lack the time and/or resources to make a lasting first impression. That first impression, while intangible, is a dealmaker for that employee. Here are some tips I’ve learned while working in HR for small business:

 

FIRST DAY
-Make sure that your new employee has a desk/space that is theirs with a working computer, phone that’s set up for them, and an email address.
-The desk needs to be a clean slate without all of the remnants of the person who sat there. Clean out file cabinets and drawers.
-A big plus would be having their business cards ready for them. This will help solidify the feeling of belonging.
FIRST SIX MONTHS
Take advantage when your new hire is most engaged to solidify your his/her commitment.
-Put the new hire on a rotating lunch schedule with different employees in order to make them feel like a priority and that it’s important to the company that they are a part of the team.
-Assign a mentor or a point of contact that’s someone who’s not their supervisor. This will create a potential safe place for them to ask questions pertaining to culture and how things work inside the company.
SILENT SIGNALS
When you don’t do these things, it sends silent signals to your employees.
1. We are not prepared
2. We do not value communication
3. We do not value you
Some of these things are easier said than done, especially if you are running lean operations. The challenge is to work with HR/hiring managers to ensure they have these small things at the top of their priority list.
This article is the second part in a two-part series on first impressions.