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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Holiday Hiring Season: How to Onboard New Employees
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As the holiday shopping season fast approaches, the barrage of excess spending typically has a positive effect on employment opportunities nationwide. The spike in consumer purchases this time of year causes many firms to require extra help, and this makes these upcoming months a great time to find a job. With all of these new people coming on board, what can you do as an employer to ensure that the transition is as positive and productive as possible for you and your new employees?

Anytime a new employee joins your team, it is important that they get adjusted to the performance and social aspects of their new position quickly and effectively, so as to make the shift as easy as it can be for everyone involved. One of the best ways to help a new employee feel welcome is to communicate your appreciation from the very beginning. Something as simple as a card, or even an email welcoming them to the team can significantly boost their attitude about the work they are doing, and improve the results that you are looking for. Making them feel welcome right away will have positive effects on both parties for years down the road, and can set the working relationship off on a good foot.

It is important to make the first impressions positive ones for the employee. The first few days on the job can really set the tone for how well they will perform during the rest of their time with you. One of the best things that you can do is engage the new employee positively right off the bat to help ensure that they are motivated to be on the same page with you and your company’s goals, values, and mission. Another important part of making your employee feel welcome at work is allowing them an opportunity to provide feedback. Not only can their suggestions help improve daily operations, but it also gives them a better sense of belonging and can boost morale in the workplace.

The process of hiring, training, and settling in a new employee can be a meticulous task, but the hope is that they will be here to stay for a long time, so you won’t have to go through the process all over again. Using some of these employee onboarding practices will help your new acquisition feel more welcome at their job, and see your company as a long-term career option. This is beneficial for all parties involved, and saves you the headache of re-doing the entire hiring process.