Starting a new job is one of the most challenging parts of everyone’s life. With this, someone also has the task of training the newbie, which can also be extremely challenging.
Needless to say, when you have a new employee, the reception you give them will create a lasting impression. Regardless of whether your company provides formal training or not, it would be helpful if you stopped and gave them a helping hand.
You never know, tomorrow you might be in that new employee’s shoes. Without much ado, here are some tips to help train the newbie in your office. These are some of the most fun and engaging onboarding process as opposed to the traditional ones.
Take Them Around
Newbies are usually taken around the office on their first day. They are usually showed restrooms, cafeteria, their offices, and so on.
However, it would also help if you showed them the lesser-known kind of places like the security office and maybe where to grab some snacks.
Some employees take forever to figure out simple things like where the microwave is. So why not save them this trouble and show them around.
Help Them Make A Few Connections
Typically, when a new person joins a team, they introduce them to others. However, it’s usually tough to remember all the faces and names after that.
To make it easier, make a list of a few people to introduce. Their names, titles, and the role in the company is enough for starters.
Go For Lunch Dates
If you have a newbie within your company, go out with them on lunch dates and introduce them to the rest of the colleagues.
You can even go for coffee and answer whatever questions they have. The key point is to make them as comfortable as possible.
Nothing feels as awkward as having a meal at a cafeteria, alone. If you ever spot a newbie in such a situation, join them and keep them company. They need it more than you might think. This is an opportunity to get to know each other in a more casual setting.
Give Them Resources
You might have to put together a list of two or three resources for new employees to go through. If you have marketing materials, the company’s website, annual reports, or recent activities include them.
It may sound like a lot of work but it helps newbies to learn more about the company.
Make Yourself Available
It’s common for newbies to get confused and frustrated. As such be available and ready to help them out whenever they need your help.
Always encourage them and make them feel like they are part of the team. This will also help them quickly dive into their work and become productive.
Starting a new job is stressful and tedious for everyone. So, as much as showing someone how to do something can also be tedious, try to help out the newbie.
Also investing the time, in the beginning, will help you in the long run. If you show them how everything is done in the beginning, they can be more efficient in their work.
Being the newbie in the office is not easy. As such, try to have patience when training a new employee. The faster they get up and running the sooner you can both work productively together.