Team Onboarding Tip — Welcoming New Members with Notes

New Team Members

This is something I have thought about a lot when new people join my team.

The ‘Welcome’ desk.

You should ensure that their PC and any admin accesses are already set up… but rather than just presenting them with an empty desk you should make it feel more welcoming. An easy example is that if you have branded office stationary etc, put some on their desk as a welcome gift. Even if you don’t have company branded, just standard pens, notebook or any other things that you think will be useful for the member.

  • Remember to lock your PC when you leave your desk
  • Don’t take candies from Johns desk.
  • Brian doesn’t like it when people sing out loud.
  • Don’t talk to Dave before 09:30 until he has had his coffee

The Survival Guide

Its also good to provide the member with a handbook for the team. They will likely get one on a company level, but I think its nice to create one on a more personal level for members of your team. Your team process, best practices, welcome advice… I know we live in a digital age, but I think its nice to give out a hard copy as a ‘welcome gift’.

Summary

Its important to make any new team member as welcome as possible, and also comfortable. Its their first day, they are likely to be nervous… as a Manager, you should be doing everything in your first week to make this new member feel welcome, and more importantly — that they made the correct decision to join your team.

About the Author

Ashley-Christian Hardy
theproducthub.io

Product leader. A strong advocate in innovation, experimentation and building great products with the use of qualitative and quantitative research.

Product leader. A strong advocate in innovation, experimentation and building great products with the use of qualitative and quantitative research.