All too often the small stuff gets forgotten. As a result, this can have a big impact on new employees.
Anyone who has ever started a new job can no doubt remember the nervous feeling of trying to find your feet in your new surroundings. Knowing a bit about your new working environment can make all the difference. Some of the simplest information can mean the difference between feeling confident and in control or nervous and anxious on your first day.
Consider providing a “preparing for day one” kit for your new employees that includes:
- Where to go on the first day, what time to arrive and who to ask for. Include a map to the office or a link to your location in Google map
- Information on local coffee shops for a caffeine hit – first days can be tiring
- Local amenities including food outlets & banking facilities (ATMs)
- Information on local gyms, parking and childcare facilities
- Will lunch be catered on the first day?
- Public transport options – particularly important if you aren’t centrally located
- If your organisation has a number of locations include some office maps that show where all the main facilities are located and where each department is located. It’s also handy to know if vending machines are available and where they are located
- Anything else specific to your organisation that you think might arm a new employee so they can be their very best on day one
This is also a really great time to start to introduce a new employee to a high-level plan for their first few weeks so they know what to expect.
Some of the simplest information can mean the difference between feeling confident and in control or nervous and anxious on your first day.