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2014 Was Another Great Year For
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The International Reciprocal Trade
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which is a 32% increase over 2013's total of 8,598,461.
Currency's 2014 cash revenue was up 21% over 2013's numbers,
and IRTA's cash revenue was up 15% in 2014 over 2013's revenue.
Ron Whitney, IRTA Executive Director & UC Administrator.)
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Five Steps To Create Welcoming
Impressions For New Employees
By Polly White
Just as you expect a candidate to arrive for the interview
dressed and groomed appropriately, to shake your hand with a firm
grip and to introduce himself or herself with confidence, you need
to present your organization at its best to create a great first
While larger organizations often have extensive
programs for their new employees, following these few steps outlined
below will allow smaller organizations to enjoy the benefits that
come from a well thought-out orientation program.
Have a plan. The difference between a worker who
becomes productive quickly and one who languishes is often how well
they are oriented to their new company. The first hours and days of
an employee's new career are the time when they become acquainted
with the requirements and expectations of their job, the culture of
the organization, and where and how they fit into the company.
You can greatly increase the speed at which your employees become
fully productive by having a personalized orientation plan in place
for their on-boarding. The plan should balance time spent learning
about the organization and their coworkers' responsibilities with
his or her specific job duties.
It is not necessary that
their first hours be spent filling out the myriad of
employment-related forms. This may be convenient for HR, payroll or
accounting, but does not create the best first impression. While the
employee will eventually need to fill out certain forms, most
federal and state requirements allow the new employee and your
company several days to complete the task. Spending your first hours
creating a friendly, comfortable and productive experience for the
employee is a better use of time.
2. Have a place
for your new employees to call their own. Whether the
employee will have a desk, a locker, a workstation, or a peg on the
wall, you should have it labeled, clean and stocked with all of the
equipment the employee will need to do his or her job. Nothing says,
"We really want you to be happy and productive" like a
When desks and workstations are
left empty for any length of time, two things happen. First, any
useful equipment, office supplies or gadgets seem to walk away.
Second, the empty desk becomes a dumping ground for stacks of
papers, files and other debris. The day before the new employee is
to arrive, take a few minutes to restock the workstation and clean
off unnecessary clutter.
My daughter went to work for a very
small company. On her first day, she arrived to find a desk stocked
with all the supplies she needed to do her job. In the middle of the
desk was a placard engraved with her name. She sent me a picture. It
made her feel very important and at home.
Introduce them to their co-workers. Most businesses provide
new employees with the standard tour and introduction. While this is
a step in the right direction, there are ways to increase the
benefit to the organization. Spend at least part of the first day
celebrating the arrival of the new employee. Have coffee with
everyone on the team, allowing time for socializing and rapport
building. If possible, add bagels or other snacks into the mix.
There is nothing like food to help with bonding and creating great
4. Choose carefully when involving others
in the on-boarding process. Unless you have worked with me
or attended one of my workshops on recruitment and hiring, I am sure
you have not heard the term "curmudgeon buzzard." It is the term I
coined to describe the longer-term employee who feels obligated to
swoop in on your new employee and explain in great detail why
working in your organization may be the biggest mistake of their
The curmudgeon buzzard pecks away at the employee's
confidence regaling their new colleague with stories of times when
management was unfair or unkind to the rank-and-file. They carry a
great deal of baggage with them that must be unloaded on the
unsuspecting newbie. However, they are only effective if they can
poison the new employee before he or she has fully formed his or her
opinion of the company.
Keeping the buzzards away from your
new hires during the first few hours or days of their employment
will allow the new employee to form a favorable impression of your
company — one that will be hard to change. Therefore, choose
wisely! Coach the newbies yourself or assign them to employees who
will represent your company in its best light. The rewards will be
5. Outline what the new employee
needs to accomplish to succeed — then set them up for success.
Finally, explain to your employee what you want them to accomplish
in his or her first days on the job. Understanding exactly what you
want them to do and how you will measure their success will increase
the new employee's confidence and the likelihood that you will get
Make sure that the tasks you select are
ones that (1) will be part of the employee's routine assignments,
and (2) are very do-able. Remember, you want the employee to succeed
in the early days so that they will be eager to take on the more
difficult work that lies ahead.
To paraphrase an old
saying, employees are not your greatest asset — great
employees are your greatest asset. Whether your organization is
large or small, make sure you set the stage for their success by
creating a positive first impression.
Polly White is a
principal at Whitestone Partners. She has more than twenty years of
experience working with companies to improve the skills, behaviors
and attitudes of their workforce. Her career has included roles in
administration, human resources, curriculum and employee
development. She is a noted author, speaker and instructor and has
worked for companies ranging from small start-ups to Fortune 100
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