How to Make a Positive First Impression on a New Employee

Sep 20, 2011

Today is your new hire’s first day on the job. Have you done all you can to make sure that your new employee has a great first day?

If you haven’t, any negative experiences that employee has could impact the way they feel about you and your shop from today all the way until their last day at your shop, so said Susan Solovic in a recent entry on the Up and Coming Blog.

“The first day on a new job is much like the first day of school,” she wrote. “A new employee is both excited and apprehensive. With that in mind, you should make the new employee feel comfortable and accepted. Unfortunately, many small business owners spend a significant amount of time and resources carefully recruiting and selecting the right employee, but they drop the ball once they’ve made the hiring decision.”

To ensure your new employee has the best first day possible, Solovic suggests setting aside plenty of time to spend with them when they first arrive, giving them more to do than just fill out paperwork, and making sure their workspace is ready and that they have all the materials they need to do their job.

It’s also important to check in with the new employee throughout the day to see how they’re doing.

Solovic suggests you may even want to take them out to lunch. New employees who have a positive first-day experience are likely to stay on your team longer than those who don’t, according to Solovic.

“When an employee resigns from your company, it costs real dollars to fill that void-not to mention the loss in productivity,” she wrote. “Once you’ve found a good person to add to your team, take the necessary steps to protect your investment and help ensure they stay. Make the first day a memorable and positive experience.”

To read the complete Up and Coming Blog post, click here.