As challenging as it is to picture, companies are still hiring during the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, for many employers, it’s business as usual. Therefore, you may find your team hiring new employees at a time when, according to LinkedIn, roughly two-thirds of employees are now working from home. Here are three things you can do to make your newest team members feel welcomed virtually.
Send them a care package
On a typical first day of work, you walk into your new workspace and find a friendly welcome package. Maybe it’s a company-branded coffee mug and t-shirt, or perhaps a notebook, pens, and other office supplies. Regardless of what you gift your new employees, it’s always a nice touch to make them feel welcomed on their first day. So, instead of hooking them up with some company swag at work, send them a little care package with some fun items. This will make them feel part of the team and put a big smile on their face. You can even include a hand-written note to express your excitement for them to join your team and make them feel welcomed virtually!
Schedule a team meeting (virtually)
Another thing you can do to welcome your new co-workers is to schedule a team meeting with everyone on their first day. Usually, on the first day at a new job, you get to walk around the office to get a lay of the land and meet everyone. Well, this is clearly more challenging when most of us are working remotely, Instead, set up a Microsoft Teams or Zoom meetings so everyone can get acquainted with the new folks. Have your team spend a few minutes introducing themselves and explain their role at the company. This will give your new workers a better feel for the office environment and make them more comfortable with their new team.
Another easy way to make your new employees feel welcomed virtually is to write up a little employee spotlight on them. Take a few minutes to interview your new teammate and ask them a few questions. Ask them questions that give the rest of the team a little background on their career and their interests outside of work. You can also add a link to their LinkedIn profile and encourage your team to connect with them. Then, you can send out this spotlight to the rest of the team and allow them to “meet” the new employees.
Want to see some examples? We have tons of employee spotlights on our great staff members at JSG!
Hiring new workers is difficult during the COVID-19 outbreak. However, these are three simple things you can do to make your new employees feel welcomed, even if their first day is remote.