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June 25, 2013

How to Make New Employees Feel Comfortable

During the first few weeks of employment, new hires may be excited about taking on a new position, yet they may also be apprehensive about the role they play in the workplace. Helping recently hired employees during this transitional period is crucial to ensuring their continued success in the new position. Whether you are a manager or an established colleague, here are a few ways to make new employees feel comfortable as they transition to their new work environment.

Give Them an Insider’s View
On the first few days of a new job, it is general practice to take employees on a tour of their new work environment. However, going a step beyond the general tour can help a new employee to feel more like an insider. Is there a short cut to the employee cafe? Show it to them. Invite them to join you and your friends at lunch. Give them a list of local eateries and what’s best on the menu. Don’t assume they know how to load paper into the copier or create a password on your internal system. Include them in social gatherings where they can connect with their colleagues outside of the office.

Make a Social Connection
Building a workplace community means helping employees feel connected to those who share their office. New employees should be given a list of email addresses, phone numbers and other contact information for everyone with whom they may do business. Make introductions in person when appropriate.

Create Mentorships
For new employees taking on a complicated position, it can be challenging to find a routine. Create a mentorship relationship for every new hire to make sure he or she has a go-to colleague who can be trusted to provide the right answers. Ideally, this person should be a seasoned employee who is familiar with the new hire’s responsibilities.

Making sure a new hire is welcome and feels comfortable as soon as possible ensures a smooth transition into a new role and gives new employees a head start in a successful career path with your organization.

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