6 ways to make your new employee feel like part of team

by | May 10, 2019 | Analysis, Public Relations

When you hire a new employee, it is essential that you make them feel like a part of the team. This is something that can be overlooked by most employers, but is actually very easy to do.

With some simple planning, you can learn ways to make your new employee feel like an important part of your team. Here are some tips:

Let your employee decorate their workspace

One small thing you can do to let your employees feel like they are a part of the team is to let them decorate their workspace. This will allow them to bring their own personal flair into the office. They will soon feel like their personality is being recognized in the workplace. Their new decorations will also be a great conversation starter for you and other team members to learn more about this employee.

Hold fun activities in and out of the office

When you hold fun activities in and out of the office, people will get to know each other more. Office Olympics, mini golfing, camping trips, and parties can be a great way for everyone to get to know each other more. You can ask your employees if they have good ideas for activities that would be fun to do with everyone from work. An office bowling league or a Smash Brothers tournament can also be a fun way to show off your competitive side while getting some good laughs out of it as well.

Take full advantage of onboarding programs

Onboarding programs have been becoming a very essential part of corporate America today.  Onboarding is a way to help your new employees fit in and learn the ropes quickly and effectively. However, you need to make sure that you aren’t just simply using an onboarding program and then calling it good. Onboarding is a process that will take many weeks and months to be fully effective. With the use of an effective onboarding guide, you will be able to help your new employee feel like a full-fledged member of any team.

Take time to introduce your new employee to their fellow team members

A simple thing that you can do that doesn’t take much time at all is introducing your new employee to their fellow team members. Once you introduce your new employee to their fellow team members, there may be some connections that start to form. This could create some very synergistic creative partnerships in the future. When you take the time to show your new employee the ropes of their team, they will feel much less like they have to fend for themselves in your work environment.

Make sure you let your employee’s voice be heard

Every employee wants to feel like their voice is heard. They want to know that if they have a great idea, it will be able to help the company move forward. Take time to have meetings with your employees where you ask them about their ideas and concerns. Also, have one on one meetings with your new employee to ask them how they are feeling in their new place of work. You can set up a plan with them to help them with any of their concerns or to implement some of their new ideas that they may have been developing.

Ask to meet your employee’s family

While it may just seem like something out of a 1950’s sitcom, going over to your employee’s house to have dinner with their family might just be what they need to feel like they are included and part of your corporate family. Also, you could plan a company picnic where you invite all of your employees’ families.

Making your new employee feel like a part of the team can be a fun and exciting thing to do. You will be able to help raise the work quality for an essential new member of your team. Before you know it, your new employee will be settled in and feeling like an important member of your team and company.

Jeremy Sutter
Jeremy Sutter is a freelance writer and former mobile marketing manager at Adobe.