Ideas to welcome a new team member at work
As a team manager, you’ll understand the link between a welcoming environment, happy staff and productiveness. This is so important when you have to welcome a new team member at work.
We present ideas to welcome in your newbie and create that warm, fuzzy feeling from day one!
Announce it loud and clear
Make sure everyone knows about your newbie before they get there by sending out a welcome to your new team member announcement. This means that everyone is ready to greet the newest addition as soon as they step in the door.
You can keep it traditional by sending out an email or message or even get your new team member to record a video introduction. This will help break the ice and make meeting their new colleagues less daunting on the first day.
Introduce a work buddy
We all need a special friend at work who can give us the low-down on the office routine, the best places to grab lunch and any quirky workplace rituals that you won’t find in any handbook!
Match up your new team member with someone in your team you know they will click with. You can search out a member of staff with similar interests so there’s some common ground. Or, pair them up with someone a little further ahead in their career so they can act as a mentor. Either way, your newbie will be glad to have a shoulder to lean on the first few weeks.
Throw a welcome tea party
Welcome a new team member by throwing a tea party on their first day. It makes introductions less formal and gives everyone a chance to chat with them and find out more.
Make them feel special by adding thoughtful touches like a pretty tablecloth, china cups, saucers and plates and a selection of gorgeous cakes and savoury nibbles. This approach will definitely make your newbie’s first day memorable, and they’ll be sure to return for day two!
Don’t forget to welcome a new remote worker
Many of us are working out of the office nowadays, and it’s more important than ever to welcome and stay connected to colleagues remotely.
There are lots of ways to do this. You can organise a video call with all of your team members and include an “icebreaker” exercise to get to know each other. This could be something as simple as revealing your most used emoji, your favourite character in a film or the view from your window. Anything that raises a smile will work!
Or send a personalised gift box to your new colleague to welcome them to the team. You can scroll through their social media to see what their likes and dislikes are. This makes it easy to offer a personalised gift that shows you’ve done your research and are eager for your new employee to feel at home.
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