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Tips for introducing new employees to your office culture

Veronica C. | May 25, 2012

When it comes to hiring new employees for premium entry level jobs and paid internships at your company, your duties as a hiring manager don’t end once you extend a final offer – you also need to integrate hires into your organization’s office culture. However, it takes more than just a quick introductory meeting to acclimate new employees; it’s essential that you guide them step by step through their first several days on the job. Whether the person is a veteran job seeker or recent college graduate, it takes time to get used to the responsibilities and methods of any company. Here are some tips to keep in mind when dealing with new employees’ introductory period.

Initial meeting
Before doing anything else, you should arrange a meeting between new staff members and their direct supervisors to go over the majority of their duties as employees. While much of this information may have been touched on during the interview process and email correspondence, it helps to reiterate these points with specific examples of the work they’ll soon be doing. Not only will this give hires a greater understanding of their role, but it will also outline expectations, best practices and resources for achieving the desired results.

Mentorship
While an introductory meeting is a good place to start, new employees will need further guidance throughout their first few weeks on the job for navigating their workloads. To make this learning process easier and more effective, it helps to assign a mentor to new hires who can be a constant resource and check for their assignments. Not only will a mentor be helpful in completing projects, but he or she can introduce employees to their new coworkers around the office.

Feedback
While providing guidance is essential during the early days of employment, eventually the training wheels will begin to come off. As the mentorship period comes to a close and new staff members take on independent responsibilities, it helps to hold occasional meetings where supervisors and team members can provide constructive feedback about what people are doing well, need to improve on and how to go about achieving company goals.

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