Seven things HR should do before a new hire’s first day

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Helping your new hires settle in is essential for long-term success – but it doesn’t all have to happen on their first day. Here are seven things HR managers should consider doing before the new recruit even arrives.
  • Welcome packet
Start as you mean to go on – sending your new recruit a friendly welcome packet before they arrive will give them the best first impression.

“Include the latest articles about the company, a fun personal note, and maybe even a card signed by everyone on their team,” suggests HR expert Sabrina Son.

  • Paperwork
Send your new employee anything that they will need to sign – not only does it save time on their first day but it demonstrates transparency by giving them a chance to properly review everything.

  • Culture video
If your company has the resources, Son suggests making a “culture video” to send to all new recruits.

“Get testimonial from current employees, showcase fun activities, and the everyday activities of the workplace,” she says. “This is a fun way to introduce the culture to your employee and get them amped up to start their first day.”


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