Do you have a new colleague joining your workplace soon? Planning on giving them a warm welcome? Perhaps, you’re their ‘buddy’ who is suppose to help make the transition easier for them. You’re in luck! We’ll be sharing 3 tips to welcome your new colleague to the team so they’ll feel right at home 🙂
First day at a job can be stressful as it is. Don’t you wish there was someone who was there to guide you through things on day one? Or perhaps a piece of document that shared with you how to go about your duties on your first day at work?
Well, you’ve got the chance to make the whole experience better for someone else! And what better way to get the company-culture-ball rolling with this simple practice at your workplace?
As always, check the rules and regulations detailed on the MOM webpage to be sure that you are abiding by the law when you/anyone from your team’s working in Singapore. If ever in doubt, contact them either through an email or phone enquiry to ask your questions.
If everything is looking good, let’s jump right into it!
Tip 1: Get in touch before day 1 itself!
Personally, I would feel a lot more relieved if I knew a little bit more about what to expect on my first day at work, a little earlier. How, you ask?
It could be as simple as an email! When I had joined this firm for an internship, I was extremely nervous and thinking up of all the ways things could go wrong.
Thankfully, a really kind executive reached out to me over email. She told me some of the basic things I could do to prepare for my first day at work. This included my dress code – which was smart casual-, what to bring (my laptop), and who to report to (my supervisor).
Having just these three pieces of information had really set my wandering mind to peace. When I reported to work, I felt a little more in-sync with my to-be colleagues as I was dressed just like they were. Nothing too fashionable and nothing too sluggish.
Similarly, bringing my laptop allowed for the IT personnel to set my accounts up for me. Just as I reached the office, I asked to meet with my supervisor and she helped me for the remaining part of it all.
Hence, get in touch with your new teammate before day 1 itself! It can really help to settle his or her nerves. It also ensures accountability on the team’s part so someone can tag and introduce the new colleague to others!
Tip 2: Introduce them to everything!
Really, seriously: any onboarder would prefer to have more information on their hands than less. Introduce them to everything! People, practices and projects!
The first thing you should do is tag them to a mentor or buddy whom they can feel comfortable asking questions to. They should also be made aware of their superior so they can check in on any project-related questions or doubts.
Next, introduce individuals to the common practices of the company? Have casual Fridays at your workplace? Share that with your new colleague!
Do you guys have lunch together everyday? Are there certain days where you guys hang out for breakfast or coffee instead? Keep your new colleague in mind when mingling so he or she can meet everyone too!
If you and him or her will be working on the same projects, share who will be working on which aspects of the work! That way, he or she will know to contact in the future!
Introducing them to everything is one way to welcome your new colleague to the team.
Tip 3: Share the team's expectations
One of the 3 tips to welcome your new colleague to the team is by sharing your team’s expectations of the onboarding employee.
Share with him/her how he/she will fit into the big picture after all. Talk about deadlines and how much leeway he or she can expect when tasks tend to get crowded. Share about the importance of punctuality and to what degree it affects the team’s workload.
Talk about who he or she can reach out to for advice or help when working on projects! Do you and your colleagues catch up with one another over different teams or prefer to keep things internal?
Is it all work and no play at the office? Or are you guys comfortable with forking out some time to chill every now and then within the workspace?
Sharing your team’s expectations is the third way to welcome your new colleague to the team.
And that’s 3 useful tips on how to welcome your new colleague to the team! If you have been wondering how to help make the transition easier for your onboarding fellow employee, we hope this article is of help to you!
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