It’s always exciting to see your company’s staff grow and change, but it can also be very stressful. New employees bring a lot to the table, but the culture shock that goes with adding anybody to a tight-knit team can cause a lot of tension. Since this is something that all growing teams need to address sooner or later, here are a few tips that will keep culture shock to a minimum as you bring on new team members.
Keep the Lines of Communication Open
The best way to help new employees feel welcome and ensure that they work well with the rest of your team is to simply keep the lines of communication open. Let your existing team know about start dates for new hires, and keep an open door policy for all of your employees. Your new hires will have plenty of questions as they acclimate to their new work environment so be prepared to offer any assistance you can while reminding your longtime team members to be patient with their new coworkers.
Maintain Workplace Traditions
You don’t need to change the way your team does things when you hire someone new, nor should you. Keep any workplace traditions and policies the same as your team changes. Not only does this make things easier for your veteran team members, but it will give your new hires a chance to get used to your workplace’s own culture.
Keep Your Team Involved
Some workplaces have a bad habit of spending too much time with new hires while practically ignoring their longtime employees. This can cause a lot of problems in the long run, so make sure every member of your team is kept in the loop with everything that comes up. You might need to slow things down until your new team members get used to how things work, but you should never cater exclusively to them. Your longtime employees are the most valuable resources you have, so don’t forget about them.
Finally, you need to be patient with the changes that are made to your team. Even the most efficient teams will face some growing pains, so be prepared to roll with the punches and accept that there will be bumps in the road until everything is smoothed out.