Being new on the job can be a nerve-wracking experience for a new employee. Welcoming a new coworker can ease the person's nerves and helps make the experience memorable.
Introduce yourself to your new coworker. Go to your new coworker's work area and greet him with a warm handshake. Show enthusiasm and tell that person who you are and what you do. Show enthusiasm and interest in what your new coworker has to say.
Introduce your new coworker to others. After you have chatted a bit, give your new coworker time to get settled in his new work environment. Then give him a heads up that you will be introducing him to the other employees. You can do these in a few ways. Show the new coworker around and introduce him as you walk around. Bring people to their work area and introduce them there. Call for a quick meeting to give a short introduction or just send an email to everyone that there is a new employee and tell others to welcome this new person by stopping by for a quick intro.
Show your new coworker where things are. If your work place is in the office, you can show the office supply room, the fax and printer machines room. Show the new coworker where the break room, restrooms, the mail room and the emergency exits are.
Help your new coworker in getting settled in. During the first day, it is necessary that the new coworker is settled in for him to be able to do his job. If you have an admin in the office, that person may be responsible in getting your new coworker set up, so ensure that the two meet. If you do not have an admin, you may need to play the role in helping your new coworker get set up. Ensure that he has the equipment and tools that he needs to be able to do his work. If he needs a computer, telephone and office supplies, ensure that he gets those and that they are properly set up. Make sure that your boss is aware that you are helping the new employee so that your boss knows where you are.
State rules. If your boss has not been able to do the orientation with your new co-worker, volunteer to do it yourself. Ensure that you are still doing your work at the same time still able to accommodate the needs of the new coworker. There may be some ground rules and standard operating procedures that need to be followed in your workplace, ensure that you let your new coworker aware. If there are policies about when and how long to take breaks, taking personal phone calls or entertaining visitors, be sure to let him know.
Give your new coworker breathing room. Your new coworker may find that things are going too fast, so try to give them some breathing room. Give him enough time to himself to get his things ready and be able to get some privacy or quiet moment to himself.
Be available. Let your new coworker know that if he needs help you will be available. Let him know the easiest way to get hold of you or where you work area is so he can stop by for questions.
Show your new coworker how to do things. It may be necessary during the first few days to show your new coworker how to use the office equipment. Offer your help and be patient when your new coworker asks for help.
Take your new coworker out. At the end of the first day, you may want to have an after work get-together with other coworkers. Invite your new coworker to join to make him feel comfortable and to get acquainted with everyone.
Follow up. The next day, follow up with your new coworker on how things are going. You'll be glad to see that he is back for the second day partly because he feels welcome and he finds that the work environment you presented to him the day before suits him well.
Offer to buy your coworker lunch during the first day. Show your coworker the best places to buy lunch from.
Do not disrupt your new coworker's schedule. Do not invade your new coworker's privacy. Do not gossip with your new coworker about others and vice versa. Keep the tone and atmosphere professional so that your actions would not be misinterpreted.
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