Introduce New Employees with “Meet the Team” Training
Getting to know your team is one of the most important parts of starting a new job. New employees adjust to a company’s culture more quickly when they feel comfortable asking others for assistance. And, once they’re settled in, being able to relate to their teammates on a personal level helps everyone communicate better and get more done.
Creating a quick onboarding course with “Meet the Team” content can kick-start this process. It’s scalable, takes the pressure off leadership, and helps employees feel more at home. Plus, it takes less time than you might think to build! Here are a few tips to help you get started:
Decide who is important for your new hires to know. This may vary by role, but in general, your C-suite is a good place to start. From there, you can layer in roles. Think about who a new hire might talk to on their first day. If you have a team of onboarding buddies who help employees through their first weeks at the company, consider including them, too.
Decide what is important for your new hires to know. If possible, get together with the people you’re featuring in the “Meet the Team” course. Ask them what they’d like new hires to understand about them or their team, their role in the organization, their communication style, and how they work best.
It’s scalable, takes the pressure off leadership, and helps employees feel more at home.
Make it fun. Share fun tidbits that reflect on the personalities of the people featured in your “Meet the Team” content. For example, listing the CEO’s favorite color conveys a lot less about her personality than sharing the fact that she does motocross in her free time. If you need inspiration, it can help to ask employees what they appreciate most about their team members.
Build in structure. In addition to helping new employees get to know their team members a bit better, you’ll want to help them understand where everyone fits in the organization and how they relate to one another. A chart can help make this clear. For bonus points, update the chart before the new employee joins. You can quickly personalize their version of the course to call out their role. That helps them understand exactly where they fit in.
Encourage newbies to say “hello.” At the end of your course, share some ways that a new employee can introduce themselves to the company. For example, if they’re expected to share a fun fact during the company town hall, let them know, so they have time to prepare. Or if there’s a company Slack channel where they can drop a quick bio, then call that out.
Now you have some ideas for how to create “Meet the Team” content to add to your onboarding materials. Your new employees will appreciate the thought and attention you put into making sure they get to know their colleagues. If you’d like some more inspiration, check out our onboarding example course.
Rise includes tons of example courses that you can use to jump-start your training development. Simply swap the content for your own, and you’re all set! Get this onboarding course for free with a 30-day trial.