Here’s a quick PSA for all employees looking to welcome a new hire to their team. Avoid the complicated pitfalls of social interactions, and follow the guide below to ensure a great first impression.
✔ DO prepare for the new hire ahead of time using an automated onboarding platform.
× DON’T forget, say “OH SHOOT!! Woops. They don’t really need a computer. Right?” and pretend that nothing happened.
✔ DO try and make them feel welcome by having someone bring in coffee, treats, or scheduling a happy hour.
× DON’T only buy enough to feed a few people. It doesn’t matter if you think the other departments don’t deserve it. It’s called sharing and it’s good for you.
✔ DO politely say hello and use their name if you know it.
× DON’T say “hi champ!” and smack ‘em on the backside.
✔ DO introduce yourself in a friendly manner and explain what you do.
× DON’T just show up for the free coffee, doughnuts, or beer.
✔ DO try to learn more about them and find common interests.
× DON’T laugh if their interestes turn out to be different than yours.
✔ DO invite them out for lunch.
× DON’T “forget” to bring them along or make them pay for the entire team.
✔ DO try and be available to answer any questions.
× DON’T be a jerk about answering those questions- even if you think the new teammate should know the answer already.
✔ DO be friendly.
× DON’T go overboard and give them a big bear hug unless you’ve read, and fully understand, Tim Sackett’s Rules About Hugging at Work.
✔ DO tell them to have a good night before leaving for the day.
× DON’T make them terrified to come back.
✔ DO be kind and patient.
× DON’T forget that you were new once too.
Follow these simple steps, and you’re guaranteed to look like a decent, professional human being. You may even get a new friend out of it.