15 Ways to Help Your New Team Members Feel Welcome

By YEC

As you add new members to your team, making them feel welcome can go a long way in helping the onboarding process go easier and more quickly. Your employees will appreciate the effort and will remember how you treated them as new hires.

That’s why we asked 15 successful entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) the following question:

Q. When onboarding new team members, what is the best way to make them feel genuinely welcome?

1. Empower them to speak the truth

In our all-hands meetings, I make it a point that everyone witnesses an intern or new employee correcting a C-level person’s error. I make a clear and obvious error (like a spelling or mental math error) on purpose, and allow a new hire to speak up and correct me. All too often in the corporate world, speaking truth to power is a scary proposition, and doing this shows that our company isn’t like that. —Kevin Ryan Tao, NeuEve

2. Offer them independence

I’ve found the best way to make new team members feel welcome is to establish expectations from the beginning, while also trusting them to do their job and giving them the independence they need to be productive and meet deadlines. —Kristin Kimberly Marquet, Creative Development Agency, LLC

3. Get them some cake

Adding a personal touch can make a world of difference. For new hires, we’ve made a tradition out of bringing in a homemade cake (with a fondant company logo) to surprise them with when they walk in their first day. It not only shows that you care about them joining the team, but that you’re willing to spend your most valuable resource on them—your time. —Tim Chaves, ZipBooks Accounting Software

4. Eliminate first-day jitters

We implemented a full-day interview where candidates work alongside their prospective teams for a real “day in the life” experience. It’s an invaluable way to help us find people who are a best fit and a way for candidates to see if our company is a good fit for them. Most who’ve been through the process say that it eliminates first-day jitters—they already know the team! —David Greenberg, Updater

5. Offer flexibility

In my experience, if from the start you are able to genuinely communicate that you’re flexible and open to communication, while at the same time being firm in your expectations, you’ll be able to create respect in your new hires, as well as make them feel they are joining the right company. —Julian Montoya, JM11 Investments

6. Assign them a welcome buddy

Assign another employee to take a new hire out to lunch and be their unofficial “buddy” for the first few weeks of work. This is …read more

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