I remember not so fondly one of my first jobs. I showed up excited and nervous on my first day. The receptionist had no idea who I was nor was anyone aware that a new employee had been hired. My new supervisor had forgotten that I was starting that day and showed up an hour later with a fully booked schedule. I was shown to an office, given an employee handbook and told to spend the next hours reading the handbook and going through the desk to get “acquainted” with my job. I was not given a tour or introduced to other employees. No one asked me to eat lunch with them and I wasn’t sure whether I was supposed to bring a lunch or not. Needless to say, it was not a stellar start and I lasted 2 days at that job. As it turns out, studies show that 4% of employees don’t show up after their first day and 22% of new employees quit after 45 days.
Getting new employees off to a good start is one of the most important things a manager can do next to hiring great people. You only have one chance to make a great impression. Here is a checklist to successfully launch your new employees.