Mental Health Week Top Tip #2 – Support new employees to allow them to shineStarting a new job can be a daunting experience and a stressful one for some – new people, new workplace rules, new targets and expectations. It’s one of the key times when support from employers, managers and colleagues can make a huge difference to the employee’s experience and views of the workplace and their wellbeing at work. With this in mind, what simple steps can employers take to help a new starter feel welcome, settle in fast and start to shine? Here’s some top tips:
1. Make the most of employee inductionsMany organisations carry out an induction process but are you making the most of it? You might want to think about:
- Taking the opportunity to ensure new starters understand the organisation’s ethos, purpose and aims and how their role fits in. This can help them to feel part of the organisation faster and understand the valuable contribution they can make.
- Reducing the likelihood of issues arising by ensuring new starters are aware of what is and isn’t acceptable workplace conduct, including providing training on workplace matters such as discrimination and harassment.
- Making sure new starters are clear about what targets and performance standards they are expected to meet. This can help to eliminate some of the worry as they will know how their performance will be assessed.