Are you bucking the current trend and actually hiring a new employee? Here’s how to help that team member hit the ground running:

  1. Consider welcoming your new employee even before the official start date. A colleague joining a public relations firm received a gift basket full of samples from the agency’s clients. Even a hand-written note expressing delight that an employee has chosen to join the firm will get things off to a very positive beginning.
  2. Prior to day one, announce the new hire internally and provide background on the joining team member. Encourage those who will work with the new employee to send a welcome e-mail.
  3. On the first day, ensure the employee’s supervisor is available to take her to lunch and introduce her to others. If this isn’t possible, it’s critical to assign this role to a colleague. Failing to do so sends an unpleasant message. For instance, on the day that a client began with a new employer, she was surprised to learn that her supervisor was out of town for several days and she was “on her own” in terms of orientation. While she introduced herself to others and found her way around, she was taken aback that her supervisor hadn’t prepared for her first day.

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