Now more than ever, employers of all sizes are making the connection of a healthy, supportive, and caring workplace culture to the overall success of the company.
You must lay the foundation for this type of culture as early and possible and send a supportive message from the first day employees are on the job. When championing a shift in workplace culture, one of the hardest barriers to overcome is existing negative perceptions held by long-time employees. New hires give you a unique opportunity to start to dilute any negative perceptions by giving them a positive experience from the moment they are hired.
Providing an environment of care and support for new hires is an important opportunity to leverage to impact company morale and retention efforts. When employees believe their employer cares about their health and wellbeing, they are:
• 38% more engaged in their job
• 18% more likely to go the extra mile
• 17% more likely to be working there in 1 year
• 28% more likely to recommend their workplace
Source: Benz Communications and Gallup
Check out our list of tips to ensure that your new hires are seamlessly assimilated in to your organization’s culture of wellbeing:
• Promote social and community wellbeing as part of the total wellbeing strategy. Consider providing activities to help employees grow strong relationships within their workplace and the local area in which they live. Social opportunities within the workplace as well as within the community (e.g., volunteer opportunities, book clubs, and monthly birthday celebrations) will help employees feel as if your organization contributes to their life in a meaningful, positive way.
• All elements of the wellbeing program should be represented in the onboarding process to send a message that these initiatives are an important part of company culture.
• Develop a handbook that addresses smoking, healthy catering, lactation rooms, and other health-related policies.
• Train managers to be champions of wellbeing efforts, especially to new hire team members. They should be held accountable for encouraging employees to participate in wellbeing initiatives year-round.
• Draw the link between the benefits package and total wellbeing resources. Ensure that employees are making wise choices with benefits with a robust benefits guide and a strategy for ensuring they fully understand benefit options.
• Develop a buddy system or mentoring program so new hires have built-in peer support to answer questions, help them meet people and integrate into the culture.
• Offer an onboarding lunch to new hires where they can get to know others in a stress- free environment.
• Put new hires at ease on their first day by providing a personal touch. Have them fill out a questionnaire beforehand so you can surprise them with their favorite healthy snack, beverage, stationary of their favorite sports team, etc. Get creative and use their responses as conversation points.
• Introduce new employees to wellbeing committee members. A fresh perspective for the committee is always helpful.
These are just a few examples of ways to make your new hires feel welcome, wanted and appreciated from their first day. The bottom line is to create an experience that makes employees feel comfortable, valued and supported. What are some creative ways you support new hires at your company?