By Jennifer Brown, Founder and CEO of PeopleTactics

If you do your best to woo a candidate to join your team only to throw him to the wolves on his first day, you are potentially setting the relationship up to fail. The last thing you want is for your new hire to leave work on day 1 thinking ‘What have I done?’. No matter his seniority, being the ‘new kid on the block’ can be intimidating. When the employer does not plan accordingly, the new hire could be left feeling unappreciated and begin to question the organization.It’s imperitive  to make a great impression, and here are a few ideas to help boost that ‘warm and fuzzy’ feeling on the first day.

Keep in contact

Prior to his start date, send the new hire a welcome email outlining any specifics he will need to bring or be prepared for on his first day or week. Follow up with a phone call the day before he starts to answer any questions.

Getting to know you

Prior to his start date, ask your new hire for a short professional bio which will be used in a company-wide welcome email on his first day. The bio should cover his professional background as well as personal interests, hobbies, or fun facts about him. Not only is this is a great way for your existing team members to find some commonalities with your new hire, it helps to make your new hire feel like an important, valued new member to the team!

The gift that keeps on giving

Everyone likes receiving a gift. Remember to put together a new hire welcome kit that includes  a spiffy company logoed coffee mug, water bottle, or something else that speaks to your organization’s culture.


Schedule meet and greets the first week withkey team members including his manager, his manager’s manager, peers, and anyone who he will be working with closely.


Assign a Buddy to serve as your new hire’s “go-to person”. Ideally, the Buddy should be at peer level and on the same team.

During recruitment, you went out of your way to make a great impression. The new hire orientation process requires the same effort. Preparing for both the logistical details as well as creating a warm and welcoming environment will leave your new hire feeling appreciated and will help build a successful partnership from the very first day.

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