Some new employees have a hard time when they join a tight-knit team. If one of your new employees has a hard time fitting in, follow this advice:
- Emphasize commonalities. Point out common backgrounds, interests, experiences and so on to show new team members how they connect with coworkers.
- Celebrate a team success. Bring the team together to discuss how you recently met a goal or exceeded expectations on a project. Talk about how everyone contributed. Most important, make it a lighthearted, fun affair by providing food and music. Such experiences provide a great way for people to connect.
- Identify a common enemy. Set up a competition where the team works together to defeat a competitor, outperform another team or overcome an internal obstacle, such as red tape or some inefficiency. That offers a quick way to bring people together.
- Ensure equality. Often new hires will find it hard to connect with coworkers if they feel that more tenured group members are better off than they are, receiving less grunt work and more perks.
Assess everyone’s workloads to make certain everyone has an equal workload and receives equal perks. That will remove a source of jealousy and envy and create an environment for camaraderie to thrive.