For anyone joining a new company the first couple of weeks and months are really important in terms of onboarding to ensure someone feels happy and that they’ve made the right choice. But what happens if you’ve never worked in an office before?
As an apprentice or junior joining an office full of adults they may feel quite isolated and so it’s important to make them feel welcomed and included from the beginning. Offer a hot drink, provide a team lunch or even just take the time to talk to them and get to know them better.
Create a physical or virtual area where they can turn to if they are stuck. We give all new recruits a folder with printouts as well as a folder in our Cloud based Shared Area that is clearly labelled for that member of staff. You naturally want them to feel comfortable to ask you any questions they may have but, it can be quite reassuring for someone young and new to the office world to know they can sit and try and find out the answers for themselves.
In this area you could have copies of the handbook or signposting that helps the new recruit understand exactly where they need to turn to should they have an issue.
You can also put a copy of their Job Description in there, so they are fully aware what the expectations are from the beginning.
Even a quick how to guide might be useful when it comes to things like;
- Signing in (if applicable)
- Submitting expenses
- Opening and closing of the office
- Requesting holiday
- Reporting a sickness or absence