Hiring new employees for your business can be a very daunting task. Even before you actually hire someone there are a number of time consuming and sometimes difficult steps that you need to go through to make sure that you get the right person for the job. Once you have carefully selected the best person for the job you want to make sure that you are prepared for their start day and can make the whole process as smooth as possible for them when it comes to settling in.
If your new employee is replacing a current one then you probably already have a desk and all the necessary equipment ready and waiting for them. If, however this is a new position within your company or if you are expanding and taking on more members of staff then you may need to make some adjustments to your office.
Consider the layout of your office, if you are going to need to put another desk in then you might need to create some more space, don’t just shove your new employee in a corner like an afterthought, it is important to make them feel like they are a valuable member of the team from the moment that they start.
It can be hard to create space in an office but a good place to start is by removing any files and furniture that you are no longer using. You may still need access to those files so have a look for cheap storage units locally and place the items there. This may just be until you find an alternative, but self-storage could however be a long-term solution.
It might seem simple but do not forget to make sure that you have usernames and passwords ready for your new employee. There is nothing worse than someone starting a new job, being shown how to do something and then not being able to log into the system to begin work. The same can be said for swipe cards and telephones. If these items are needed then make sure that they are ready, they might be little things but they all help to form a good impression to a new employee and make them feel welcome.
If your new member of staff will be working as part of a team then make sure that the rest of the team know about them and when they will be starting. Assign someone to show them around and show them the ropes so that settling in is not too stressful.
It is also a good idea to let your new employee know who they can go to if they have any problems, especially during their first week. This might be different people for different issues, but will give them everything they need to settle in well.