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Engaging new employees before they even start!

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If you are looking for some new ideas for your new employee’s “welcome” pack, here are a few ideas to make their transition to your organization a little easier and that will foster higher levels of employee engagement.

  • Your cover letter should include language such as “we are very pleased to have you join the XYZ family. We know our most important asset is the talent and dedication our employees bring to work every day…” “…we have a proud tradition…” “we live every day by our core values, including value1, value2, and value3…”
  • When you have a lot of material that looks “too cluttered”, you don’t have to toss it out. One solution is to make it overt in your description, such as “We know there is a lot of material here, but you don’t need to memorize it overnight (or ever)!”
  • Additionally, if you include a list of the contents (which also increases a felt sense of order to the recipient), don’t just list them by title — include a sentence or two for each item on why it is important to the employee. This added context will significantly increase the chances they will actually read and understand some of the material.
  • The hiring process is typically flawed in most organizations and that “on-boarding” discussion is too deep for comment here. I will say this — the key issue for long term success of a candidate is not their capabilities (resume, experience), but “fit” within the organization. If you are not assessing for fit, you are not using science in your hiring process.
  • Once they are hired, give them a mentor (never  a supervisor) to provide them with a sounding board and a safe source for information, culture tips, and behavioral norms.

Best Practice Tip:  The hiring process can have a lasting impact on a new employee.  It is an early frame on how the company operates and feels.  Give it the attention it deserves.

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The following comments are for Engagient's Employee Engagement Seminar for Managers

We were trying to get the buy-in from our Management team, prior to rolling out a new Performance Review Process and move the management style away from the industrial age style in an attempt to get our employees more engaged.  For the last 45 years we have been working under the old world style of management and old habits die hard.  The Engagient seminar on Employee Engagement was exactly what we were looking to install at Perfect Plastic Printing.

Don presented the information with a passion and energy that impacted every participant.  The information presented represented the results of research and science as opposed to just one more consultant’s opinion.  This made the buy-in so much easier.  The combination of instruction and small group exercises kept the class from getting tired and kept the information geared more toward our business as opposed to generalizing information.  Don was extremely knowledgeable on the subject and this was apparent when he answered participant questions.  He kept the conversations light and humorous, but had you believing that getting your employees more engaged is crucial to surviving in business today.  The feedback from the Management team on the seminar was all positive. Don was one of the best presenters that we have experienced at Perfect Plastic Printing.

--Carl Valenti
Director of Facilities
Perfect Plastic Printing
 
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