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A unique way to spice up new hire intros

A key part of getting new hires ready is helping them get to know their co-workers. Here’s one way to speed up the process:

Don’t send them out empty handed.

Instead of walking new hires through the workplace for a long series of introductions and handshakes, pick a day to send the newbies around with something employees will appreciate — for example, have them hand out coffee and donuts.

It’ll make more of an impact on employees, so they’ll be more likely to remember the new folks next time they pass in the hallway.

And it will ease some tension for the new hires, since they’ll be walking around doing something fun.

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  1. I would not dream of asking a new hire at any level to do this. It is just shy of requiring him to stand on the table in the employee breakroom singing the company song. New hires are already a little self-conscious and anxious to begin to “fit in” and lose the “newbie” label. They would not, I’m fairly certain, appreciate being asked to play “Doughnut Girl/Boy” for the day.

  2. Jean has a good point. I can see where someone who is very social and has a really outgoing personality MIGHT be O.K. with doing something like this. But most people would be mortified. A lot of people don’t even like having to go through the standard walk around. So I would be cautious about pushing this on just anyone.

    I take a facility blueprint and put people’s names in their work area or office and hand this “people map” out to our new hires during orientation. I also identify the accounting area, HR, purchasing, quality, electrical assembly, shipping, etc., so the person will have an idea of where to go if they need someone or something. We also do a quick tour and introduce them to the people they will be working with, but we keep it low key. The map allows them to find who or what they need long after the introductions are over. It’s not perfect, but it seems to be helpful.

  3. I would not recommend this. Why would an employer send a new employee around to deliver goodies to the current staff? I say, have the current staff bring something to the new employee. Current staff should be the welcoming committee–not the new hire. Beginning a new job is stressful enough—social butterfly or not, how would you feel if you started a new job and part of your first day was delivering goodies to your colleagues? Sounds a little like hazing the newbie.

  4. I agree with Jean and R.B. I have worked in small companies (less than 25 employees) most of my career. It is hard to remember names, faces, etc., after the first eight or ten people. While your suggestion may work with a few people, I doubt it would go over well with most new employees, who want to fit in right away and make a good impression (what happens if they spill the coffee ?). One thing I would like to see done, though I am not the decision maker, is introduce three or four people that they will be working with the most, then let those cowrokers gradually introduce them to others. I have read that some companies also have designated mentors for new employees to help them get acclimated. The mentors then do introductions, etc. I have no personal experience with this, however, seems like a good idea.

  5. A welcome “get-together” and/ or office gift from the department would be nice. Treat the new hire just like you would like to be treated in a new work place. A gradual orientation for their work area should be a welcome sight — instead of an overwhelm of information.

  6. I introduce them to everyone, not so the new hire knows everyone so the current employees know there is a new hire.

    We take everyones picture and I attach it to a vCard and then send that out to everyone. The new hire gets everyones vCards sent to them at once. They have the opportunity to open the vCard, she the picture and then be able to find that person. We also have a “who to contact” list for them. It has different things they may need (office supplies, payroll, etc) and the person, with extension, of who to call.

    Both helped me a lot when I first started here.

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