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A royal welcome?
Give new employees the
“red carpet” treatment
by fergus mellon
At my local bar the owners promote key events: The annual Holiday Party, landmark birthday parties, staff goodbye drinks and other special occasions.
Goodbye drinks? What about a welcome for new employees?
Of the various companies that I joined over the years, I only remember having a welcome drinks or lunch twice. Twice? What up with that?
I am not saying stop with the goodbye drinks. They are important. But let’s also do a welcome for the newbies.
Why? There is considerable research that details how effective the “onboarding” drives staff retention and productivity. For instance, the Boston Consulting Group wrote in its paper, “Creating People Advantage 2013” that having a “systematic new-hire onboarding process not only increases productivity but also leads to a reduction in regretted attrition.” In plain English, how an employee is treated early on really matters.
So welcome them properly!
It’s not just drinks though, and some folk may not enjoy a booze-fueled welcome because they want to make a good first impression. Here are some other ideas for how you can provide a newbie with a proper welcome!
For related columns see: "Your First Week", "Give it time before you feel at home" and "Questions to ask your new manager"