Think about the last time that you were the "new person" at work. Starting a new job comes with many stressful learning curves, including building relationships with your new coworkers.
Let's explore some ways that you can welcome new coworkers to your workplace so that they feel comfortable from day one.
Your new coworker is going to have a lot of new faces and names to remember, so give them time.
Keep it Simple
Give a firm handshake
Tell them your name and job title
Introduce any other teammates
Ask questions to get to know them
Help your coworker ease into their new environment.
Invite your new coworker to join the community in your workplace
Encourage them to attend gatherings
Give them a staff contact list, or invite them to join any work-related social media
Give A Tour
Help your new coworker get to know their new space. Make sure to point out where their workspace is, as well as other people who might be nearby.
Point out the basics
If you're giving a tour of a large area, make sure they know the necessities such as:
Areas where staff gatherings are held
Make your coworker feel welcomed by celebrating that they have joined your team! Simple gestures go a long way in making someone feel accepted and welcomed.
You can celebrate them by:
Giving a small gift like an item with the company's logo (mug, notepad, etc.)
Leaving a welcome note or card
Holding a luncheon or breakfast with other staff to welcome them
Make Yourself Available
Though a lot may be covered in their first week, questions will likely come up unexpectedly.
Build time into your schedule to help answer any questions your new coworker may have.
The more willing you are to be available, the more comfortable they will feel!
Give your coworker some space to get settled in, but make sure to check in. A friendly conversation at the end of the day will go a long way. Build rapport by showing that you care about them.
Which of these would likely make your coworker feel most welcomed by you?
Use this checklist to help you each time you have someone join your team: