As businesses start to find their feet following the national lockdown, thoughts might be turning towards taking on new staff.

You’ve gone through all the effort of putting out the perfect recruitment ad, scouring CVs and conducting interviews and finally you find the right candidate for the role. 

New recruits will obviously be nervous about starting a new job, but businesses should be equally as keen to impress – after all, first impressions count both ways.

Here are a few things to think about when welcoming new people into established teams.

Be prepared
There’s nothing worse than starting a new role and immediately being left in a position where you don’t know what you’re supposed to be doing. Make sure that you’re well prepared for the arrival of your new starter, from the documentation that needs to be filled in right through to their schedule for the week. Ensure that they have a workstation or laptop set up for their arrival. 

Welcome packs
Think about putting together welcome packs for new starters to start their journey the right way. These could include anything from starter manuals, company-branded gifts, stationery and sweets; consider what you would need/want on your first day and work from there. Get them on board with your company image, ethos and branding.

Designated ‘buddies
It can be difficult to know who the right person is to talk to when you start in a new role, which is why it’s a great idea to assign someone who they can shadow for a day or two to find their feet.

Substantial training 
Ensure you have a comprehensive training plan in place for your employee and make sure to communicate with them regularly to find out how they’re getting on. Giving new employees structured training from the outset will help to give them the confidence they need to excel in their new role.

Introduce the team
Make sure to let your team know in advance of your new starter arriving so they’re ready to greet them, rather than shooting them confused glances. 

When it comes to hiring new employees, it’s essential that you have employers’ liability insurance in place. To find out more about what this covers and why you need it, get in touch with us at Gravity Risk Services. We’re an award winning team, and happy to help.