We’ve all gone through the horrible experience of being the new kid or new employee. It’s one of the most anxiety filled experiences of anyone’s life. We all know how it felt to be coming into a whole new working environment and not knowing anybody. Here are three simple ways to make a new employee feel welcome without scaring them away.
1. Introduce Yourself to Them
This is the most important step in making the new employee feel welcome. Walk up to them with a warm smile and just introduce yourself. It may seem like something frivolous but a new face with a warm smile can make anyone feel comfortable and safe. It’s a great way to make them feel welcome without creeping them out. A lot of people are really shy and would rather walk around in obscurity than introduce themselves to someone new. Take the initiative and say, “Hello, my name is…” Maybe all it takes is a hello from you to break them out of their shell.
2. Offer Advice on their New Position
This is a key component of the new job jitters. A new employee is stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to advice. We all want to show that we know what we’re doing but a little advice can’t hurt. Pull them to the side and offer key tidbits about their position to help them progress. Of course every new employee makes a few mistakes but help them learn from the mistake, figure out how to solve it and avoid making the mistake again. Being that helpful hand goes a long way and can give them the little bit of confidence they need to succeed.
3. Invite Them to Lunch
Everyone knows how it feel being the new kid walking into the cafeteria and not knowing where to sit. So just walk over and invite the new guy to sit and have lunch with you. What harm can it be to have conversation over some sandwiches and soup? No one wants to sit alone in a corner eating their lunch alone, so don’t let that happen. Encourage the new employee to talk to some new people and take the weight of anxiety off their shoulders.
We’ve all experienced those “first day” jitters when starting a new job. You’re the newbie and you want to start off on the right foot; so what to do and not to do:
- Stare at your new coworkers trying to determine ages and who’s single or married!
- Take the last cup of coffee without making a fresh pot!
- Take the last custard donut…actually don’t take ANY unless they were offered to you!
- Ask the girl with the gorgeous red hair what brand of dye she uses!?
- Congratulate your slightly overweight neighbor on her forthcoming child!
Okay we could go on and on with the Don’ts but if you seriously want to get along with your new coworkers, just follow a few simple rules.
- Be sure to listen and learn and ask questions when you don’t understand.
- Be Honest and Productive
- Offer to help out others when your own tasks are completed.
- Be kind.
- Be punctual as well as considerate of other’s time.
In essence, if you follow basic good work ethics, act like a human being, and bake some dynamite chocolate chip cookies; you won’t have any problem getting along with new co-workers!
Team building in the workplace needs to be a part of every company’s list of important items that should be implemented. The goal in each company is to be productive and to generate revenue. While it is important to have a great product and/or service, it is also important to have happy and content employees. Team building activities help to boost morale. They also improve communication and productivity. It can be a great motivator.
Team building activities for work can be simple or a bit more involved. Here are just a few suggestions:
1. Plan a field trip. One company I worked for planned a trip to the local bowling alley. It was a great way to get to know each other without the pressure of work and deadlines. Lots of fun and laughs.
2. Work together for a good cause. Facilitate a volunteer outing. A Spring clean-up of a park, for instance. Ask your employees for suggestions.
3. Have a baking contest. The employees could show off their baking skills, while the non bakers could be the tasting judges.
4. Brain teasers and riddles that require team participation.
5. Problem solving activities, such as a puzzle that would require team effort to complete.
These are just a few. There are many online resources that can provide many more ideas. Check it out and have fun!