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Top Tips on Hiring Staff for SME Owners – Part Four



Over the past few weeks we’ve been taking a look at recruitment with some tips on how to advertise for new staff and some advice on how to conduct interviews.  Last week we gave you some advice on the induction process so that you have the information you need to ensure that new workers can make a great start and benefit your business to the max.  Today, in our final part of this series, as promised, we’re going to give you some advice on how to deal with new recruits on their first day on the job.

The quicker a new recruit gets their bearing and begins to feel comfortable in their new job, the quicker they will build relationships with colleagues and get on with their work to do a great job.  Small things really can make a big difference during the first couple of days. 

Make sure that your new employee knows where they should report and to whom on their first day and list any documents that they may need to bring with them (for instance, evidence of their right to work in the UK).  This will save a lot of time and confusion and let you get on with helping them settle into their new job.

Make sure that the new employee has a work station that has been prepared for them if appropriate.  Spend some time thinking about what you can prepare in advance so no time is wasted on getting to grips with the less important stuff.  Some of the issues you may need to take into account are:

  • Their desk or work station – do they have all the equipment and materials that they will need?
  • Stationery and other peripheral equipment.
  • Their email address and log in details for work software systems.
  • Keys or fob and any name badges necessary.
  • Access rights – both digital and real world.
  • Hardware and software.
  • Protective work wear if appropriate.

Make sure that somebody is available to show the new person around the facility and introduce him or her to colleagues.  The new employee will need to be made aware of regular working hours, break times (and where to take breaks), who to ask for information they need, to whom they should report (line manager, supervisor, etc.). 

It might be worth making a checklist of all the items/issues that the new starter needs to be made aware of – this will be the simplest way of making sure that nothing is forgotten as they face their hectic and exciting first day at a new job. 

The more welcome that the new worker feels, the easier he or she will find it to settle down to work and fit in with colleagues.  Don’t forget that however confident the person appeared at interview, the first day on a new job is always a bit of a daunting experience.  Taking the time and trouble to make sure their first day goes smoothly is an investment in your employee and in your business.