All organisations have their own culture, identity and values. The feeling of alignment to these values and of working in an organisation where colleagues are pulling in the same direction is a vital motivation for new staff. But, if colleagues will be coming into the office less frequently, how can you help new employees to feel a part of their new organisation?
Early exposure to senior leaders in a company can help new staff feel closer to the organisation and understand its values, ways of working and goals. These meetings can be done in person for a group of new employees (e.g. once a month) or via video call in an employee’s first week.
It is vital to create good first impressions. If a new member of staff starts a job but does not have access to a device or a login for an account on their first morning, there is an immediate risk that they feel undervalued. It may also prevent them from being able to fully connect with their team and start building relationships. In hybrid work, if an employee’s first day is remote, you should send a laptop or smartphone to arrive before their first day so that they can start immediately.
With the move to remote working, many organisations have stopped activities, such as coffee roulette (pairing colleagues at random for a weekly 30-minute coffee meeting), that helped staff form serendipitous connections. As a result, it is harder for them to get to know people outside their team.
Fortunately, there are free tools that can be added to existing digital platforms to run coffee roulettes and similar activities, as well as companies that can provide different types of tools for this purpose. For example: