New Guy, New Cubicle, New Challenges
Introducing the “fresh meat” into his new cubicle can be a big challenge, depending on the new guy you’ve hired. No sooner has that high-paid hire moved into his new Herman Miller digs when he shows his true colors: no easy-to-get-along, hard-working office bee, but a gossipy, lazy waste of space and resources. Yeah, integrating the new guy into his new space can be a bit hit-and-miss.
Lay out a decent welcome. Before his new cubicle gets broken in, make sure your new colleague feels welcome in your office.
“It doesn't take a consultant or a think tank to understand the value of effectively integrating new employees into the workplace,” explains BureauPat at OhMyGov.com. “This integration should boost employee performance and possibly even minimize staff turnover, as employees are less likely to leave a welcoming environment.” Question is - will his new workspace be perceived as a welcoming environment?
HowtoDoThings.com offers a few tips that can help your new colleague - a formal announcement in office channels like office memos or bulletin boards; a personal welcome by one of the receptionists, and a tour of the office; and face-time with the CEO. This way, when he enters your employment, your new guy will know he’s been welcomed properly into your organization!
Set the bar high. Make sure your new employee knows the standards you set. In the first few days, you can’t allow your new hire to set his own standards within the walls of his own cube.
Let him know his place. We humans are an awkward bunch - what to your new employee is his new workspace, the old-timers see as territory that’s been fought over and won. Like it or not, the new guy will be part of a pecking order - one that you’re duty-bound to ease him into.Continued on the next page