So you have gone through the grueling recruiting process to fill one or several open positions. You have welcomed your new employees, and now you have done your part in the onboarding process and will let them get all the information they need from their managers or supervisors. You can go back to your regular duties and your new hires will be in capable hands. Right?
While this is generally how the scenario plays out, this can actually be hurting your business. A little more involvement from the CEO, director, or higher-up managers with new employees can really add to the experience of new employees. Here is how avoiding new employees can be detrimental to your business:
Avoiding or ignoring new employees can obviously lead them to believe that you don’t care about them or their work. This can lead to decreased morale among new employees and employees in general. If the boss doesn’t care, why should they care?
Taking a few minutes each day or a few times a week to check in with new employees, ask how they are doing, and check in with how they are adjusting to the company will really make them feel welcome. This sense of belonging will carry over to employee morale and to the next area listed below:
If new employees sense apathy from above, as they might if they feel like a manager or director is ignoring or avoiding them, this may lead to feelings of apathy from new employees towards the company or their work. This may lead to decreased productivity and lost profits.
To ensure that new employees feel seen, heard, and appreciated, take some time to get to know them and their work. Show appreciation and recognition for good work, original ideas, and fresh perspective that they bring to your company as new employees. Time invested in getting to know your new employees and recognize good work will be time invested in your company.
Negative Work Culture
The culture at any work place is passed down from above, and if other employees sense that the managers, CEO, or director avoid new employees, don’t get to know them, and don’t appreciate their work, this sets the tone for the workplace in general and will serve as a model for how employees and other supervisors treat each other.
If you want to set your company up to have a great work culture, one that employees enjoy being a part of, be the model for all employees and be happy to check in with employees, new and veteran. Showing employees that you care and value them will lead to a workplace culture that espouses these values.
If you want to cultivate great employee morale, high productivity, and a supportive workplace culture at your company, checking in regularly with new employees (and existing employee) is extremely important. Taking a few minutes each week to check in with new employee can really pay dividends for your company.