How to Introduce a New Employee to Your Corporate Culture

Corporate culture means the environment in which your employees spend their time. Introduce your business's corporate culture to a new employee by following these tips, which can help you introduce your business to a new employee in a motivating way:

  • Think like a tour guide. Point out subtle features, such as how coworkers prefer to communicate (whether through scheduled meetings, voicemail, e-mail, and so on); how the staff has fun together (for example, monthly birthday celebrations); and how employees respond to one another’s problems and crises (perhaps a team will drop everything to pitch in when someone needs help).

    By sharing this type of information, you speak volumes about shared values.

  • Let the new hire be a shadow. During the first week, focus less on having the new employee do his or her job and more on letting the individual find out what others do. The most effective approach is to have the new hire shadow several coworkers for a few hours or a day. They meet a lot of people, learn about work flows, and gain an understanding of each person or department’s function.

  • Involve long-time employees as mentors. If you’re unable to escort the newcomer through the first week or two on the job, ask one or two veteran employees to be mentors. Their role will be to help the new arrival settle in and become acquainted with your company’s people and processes. In addition, the mentor will be the designated go-to person when the new employee has questions or problems.

  • Do a daily meeting. For the first few days, meet with the employee for half an hour before going home. Encourage him or her to share impressions and ask questions.

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