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7 Things that Organizations Need to Do to Engage New Hires

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7 Things that Organizations need to do to Engage New Hires

Hiring has always been a tough challenge for any organization, be it small or large. Another challenge is getting the new hires to ‘hit the ground running,’. And to get them up to speed with the organization’s work environment, workflow processes, and culture.

There are several things that organizations need to do to engage their new hires.

The biggest impact on the success of new employees is how their mangers engage with them during their first few days.

Research shows that systematic onboarding of new hires can speed up their efficiency and effectiveness by nearly 60%.


This, in turn, reduces their failure rates and retention. Thus, getting new hires to become productive quickly and to stick is in the best interest of the organization.

When onboarding is well-executed, it sets the foundation for long-term success.

How can Organizations Engage New Hires effectively?

Here are a few best practices to ensure that new employees remain enthusiastic, engaged, and informed about their new workplace:

How can Organizations Engage New Hires effectively

1. Welcome Address By Senior Leaders

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Senior leaders have an important role to play when it comes to engaging the employees.

Thus, when the leaders welcome the new hires, they can get a good understanding of their vision. It is the leaders who represent the organization.

Without leadership involvement, their chances of getting engaged with the organization are limited.

Hence, interaction with senior leaders during the onboarding can create a stronger connection between the organization and the new joiners.

2. New Hire Training

Building a Culture of Appreciation through Employee Recognition

It is important to provide adequate training to new employees on the organization’s business and operations.

However, cramming all details in a very short time frame might not be a good idea. The new employees might not be able to absorb the overload of information.

Hence, it is a good idea to conduct the new hire training in a phased manner to bring new employees up to speed.

The induction process could stretch over weeks to make the new employees better aware of various aspects of the organization.

3. Assigning A Buddy

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The buddy system can be one part of an effective onboarding program.

It can provide new employees with a reliable, motivated, ongoing, single point of contact for questions regarding work processes.

buddy partners with a new employee during his or her first few months of employment. He or she is a colleague assigned to assist the new hire to get through the first nerve-wracking period,

They can help new employees with how things are done in the organization such as getting office supplies making travel arrangements, etc., and involving them in social or informal activities, such as lunch, coffee, and such.

This socialization and support can make an enormous, positive difference in early performance, social integration, and long-term retention.

4. Set Early Win Targets

Another powerful strategy for enhancing employee productivity of new employees is to give them clear and achievable goals. 

Rather than setting formal goals for new hires initially, supervisors should set clear, realistic expectations for the next few months, that he or she is confident that the new employees can achieve.

This will give confidence to both the supervisor and the employee. It will also help increase the level of motivation of the new employee to take up even bigger challenges.

Supervisors should discuss performance gaps and how to mitigate themsetting the new hire up for future success.

5. Introduction To Organizational Culture


Every organization has its own culture, language, and tone, which may not be known to a new hire.

If the new hires are not aware of the organization’s terminology and jargon, they will continue to feel like an outsider.

Thus, the corporate buzzwords, acronyms, language, insider jokes, culture, and traditions of the organization should be well explained to them.

The buddy system and regular participation in formal and informal team meetings and gatherings can help with this.

This would make the newly joined employees feel more comfortable and speed up their integration process with the organization’s culture.

6. Engage Using Internal And External Social Media


Once the new hire is on board, the organization should invite them to their internal social media.

This could be MS Teams communities, Yammer and WhatsApp groups, as well as Facebook pages, LinkedIn pages, Twitter handles, Instagram accounts, etc.

Hence, keeping them connected with the happenings can be one of the effective ways of getting them immersed in the organization’s culture.

7. Coach And Mentor Them

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Knowing “what is expected of me” is one of the most important questions that contribute to employee satisfaction, according to a Gallup Q12 study.

New employees face a steep learning curve when they start with a new organization.

Supervisors should take time from their busy schedules to coach new employees whenever they see them struggling with any task.

The attention of their supervisors also increases the engagement level of the new employee.


Undoubtedly, employee engagement is one of the key success factors for driving business growth in organizations today.

Hence, ensuring a high level of passion and commitment from new hires towards their work and the organization, as early as possible in their tenure is of paramount importance.

There are several important things that organizations need to do to engage their new hires.

Sagar Chaudhuri

Lead author: Sagar Chaudhuri, the Co-Founder and CEO of HiFives. He is an HR Tech Evangelist with over 25 years of experience in the corporate world and entrepreneurship. In the past, Sagar has worked with companies such as Genpact, Infosys, and ICICI Bank, in leadership roles. He has an engineering degree from IIT Kharagpur and an MBA from IIM Lucknow. Connect on LinkedIn

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