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How to Make a New Team Member Feel Welcomed

As exciting as the first day of a new job can be, it is never fun to feel like the newbie and not yet a part of the office culture. So, as a veteran at the company, when a new employee joins the team, you’ll want to make them feel welcomed and at ease in their new environment. To avoid both parties feeling uncomfortable as they are getting to know each other, here are 3 ways to make a new co-worker feel at home in your now shared workspace.

Introduce Them
Introductions are commonly where first impressions are made, and no one wants to interrupt colleagues at their desks by introducing themselves. Sending an email welcoming your new team member is a great way to get the word out about the new hire and making others aware that there is a fresh face in the office. This will lessen the awkward factor when they begin meeting others and will open the opportunity for an office tour, allowing them to say hello face-to-face.

Extend a Lunch Invite
Eating lunch by yourself is never the way someone wants to spend their first day, so remember to extend a lunch invite when the clock strikes noon. Whether you brought food or are running out to grab something, ask if they want to tag along – This give you time to talk one-on-one and show them the lay of the land.

Make Yourself Available
Before the day starts, take the time to sit down with your new team member to answer any initial questions, making them feel a bit more relaxed on day one. Additionally, try to clear your schedule as much as possible during their first week to help with onboarding and / or to walk them through new hire tasks. Regardless of this person’s position, it is always helpful to have someone to go to for company information or just to have a friendly face to chat with in the break room.

Without a proper welcome plan, this person could feel out of place and underrated right off the bat. Carving out time to spend with the new hire will make them engaged from the start, automatically adding value to your team. Whether you are connecting over work projects or shared interest outside of the office, building these relationships are important for retaining talent and building an extra layer of trust within your team or department.