New jobs often go hand-in-hand with uneasiness and uncertainty in the first week. As a co-worker or leader in the office, how can you make new hires feel more comfortable right away? That’s what one reader asked recently on the Admin Pro Forum:
“I’ve always hated the queasy ‘new job’ feeling that makes the first week at work so uncomfortable and uncertain, and now that I’m settled in as the head of my admin team, I really want to make new hires feel completely at ease from the very first morning they come to work for us. Does anyone have any tricks for getting someone to relax and take the first few days totally in stride?”—Wallace, Lead Admin
Readers and other experts offered their advice on the matter. Experiment with these tips and find which ones work best for you and your company.
Bring in food. Whether bringing doughnuts in the morning or throwing a pizza party, gathering people together to eat and mingle can break the ice and put the new hire at ease.
Give the grand tour. One reader suggested giving the new hire a grand tour of the building and stopping to introduce them to anyone available, especially people they will work with frequently. Showing them around will make them feel more comfortable in the space, and introductions will teach them who they should go to with particular questions.
Explain the company culture. Figuring out company norms when you are new is a headache, but you can eliminate this with new hires by thoroughly discussing the company culture with them. Martha Schmitz, senior adviser at TheMentat.com, which helps people find jobs, says to be upfront about the company culture to ensure the new hire doesn’t have to rely on guessing to learn what is normal.
Pair them with a mentor. Find someone in the office to show the new hire around and mentor them their first couple of weeks, says Abbie Linnerud of Teamphoria, which makessoftware. The mentor will be their go-to person for information. If your new hire just moved to the area, the mentor can also give them tips on the community.