We all know the value of a good first impression.

So why don’t we make more effort on an employee’s first day?

You wouldn’t believe how many times I have seen a coworker come in for their first day and there is no workstation assigned to them, their supervisor is out of the office all day or busy in meetings, there has been no training plan, and none of their new coworkers knew they were coming.

How do you think that makes them feel?

If you are in a position to hire and/or supervise new staff…please make a little more effort.

Make their first day the best day!

Once someone new has been hired, look into your own calendar and find a day where you can block off a good hour or two first thing in the morning.

Block it off, then make sure that is the employee’s start date.

Book a large meeting room or find a casual space where people can gather that morning.

Send out an email to anyone who will be working with this person, letting them know about the new hire (why they are awesome and you chose to hire them) and inviting them all to a gathering on that first morning for a “meet and greet”.

You don’t have to throw a party, but it wouldn’t kill you to have some donuts or some other snack provided….make them feel special!

When the new hire arrives, welcome them yourself and let them know you are glad to have them on the team.

Bring them right to the “meet and greet” and encourage people to introduce themselves and talk about what they do or why they enjoy working there.

Once the meeting is over, make sure the new hire has:

  • a place to put their personal effects
  • a “buddy” for the day who will train them or be their go-to person in case of questions
  • knowledge of where their workstation is, as well as the location of bathrooms and coffee

Hopefully the new hire will then have something to fill their days for the first week (or until they know their job enough to do it unsupervised).

If you make a little more effort in preparing for someone’s first day, you will be rewarded.

If you give them an amazing and positive first impression, they will probably work harder for you….and be less likely to leave.