Starting a new job can be a nerve-wracking experience. I mean, what if I have to use the restroom? Are people going to like me? Is my boss cool, a jerk, or somewhere in-between? Did I remember my paperwork? Am I gonna like my team? Is this just another company focused on profits? Could I see myself here for the long-haul?
These questions, and really so many more (I don't know what you're into, and I'm not judging!) are swirling in people's heads leading up to the moment they start their first day at a new place. Now, here's what I want to pose: What is the organization asking itself? I've heard a lot of answers to this question from consulting with HR professionals, but let me ask you (yes, you, the reader) - what is your organization thinking and caring about?
I'm not telling you what to think, but what I will pose is this: Organizations that are wanting to have a world-class employee experience are asking about how they can make that first day a memorable one for the employee while showcasing the workplace environment.
Incorporating fun and engaging activities on the first day of a new job can make a significant impact on new employees' overall experience. Let's explore why having a fun first day at a new job is important, and how you can incorporate your organization's values, mission, and vision within orientation.
- Sets the Tone for a Positive Work Environment: A fun and engaging first day sets the tone for a positive work environment. By incorporating games, icebreakers, and team-building activities, you demonstrate that your organization values collaboration and teamwork. This helps new employees feel more comfortable and welcomed, which ultimately leads to better job satisfaction and retention rates.
- Builds Connection to the Organization's Values, Mission, and Vision: Incorporating the organization's values, mission, and vision within orientation activities helps new employees understand and connect with the company's culture and purpose. This connection can increase motivation and engagement, leading to a better understanding of how their role contributes to the organization's success.
- Improves Learning Retention: When orientation is fun and engaging, new employees are more likely to retain the information presented. This means that they'll have a better understanding of their job responsibilities, the organization's culture, and what's expected of them, which ultimately leads to better job performance.
So how can you incorporate fun and engaging activities while incorporating your organization's values, mission, and vision within orientation? Here are a few ideas:
- Icebreaker games that encourage employees to share their experiences and interests, such as "Two Truths and a Lie" or "Find Someone Who"
- Group activities that demonstrate the organization's values, such as a team-building exercise that focuses on collaboration and communication
- A tour of the office or facility that highlights the organization's mission and vision
- A fun scavenger hunt that challenges new employees to learn about the organization's products, services, or culture
Incorporating these activities on the first day of a new job can make a significant impact on new employees' overall experience. By creating a positive and engaging orientation experience that aligns with your organization's values, mission, and vision, you're setting new employees up for success and creating a foundation for a positive and productive work environment.