Connecting with your staff and setting the tone of an organization's culture is key from the hiring stage through on-boarding. Before a team member starts their new position I send a Google Form Questionnaire asking a few fun questions about them to share with the staff. This not only eases some of the nervous tensions before their first day because they get a chance to focus on what they like most, but it can also be a great ice-breaker when the new person is being introduced to coworkers.
"Hey Jenny nice to meet you, say I read in your introduction email that you met Ryan Reynolds, that's so awesome! I absolutely loved him in Deadpool."
Here's my top 7 questions to get your ideas flowing.
#1 What was your first job?
#2 Have you ever met anyone famous?
#3 What are you reading right now?
#4 If you could pick up a new skill in an instant what would it be?
#5 Who’s someone you really admire?
#6 Seen any good movies lately you’d recommend?
#7: Got any favorite quotes?
I hope this gets your ideas flowing about how you can create a positive culture during the on-boarding process. Remember to make it your own, keep it upbeat, and have fun with it!
She grabbed my arm tightly with wide eyes and said "this is confidential right", of course I said. This employee had never had a conversation with an HR professional before and she was afraid and unsure at first if she should trust me with her concerns. I shared with her why I do this work, "One of the reasons I love HR is because I get to help people make their work environments better and have a positive impact on a person's daily life". She then opened up to me, and I'm so glad she did. I listened and offered solutions on communicating more effectively with her supervisor and her coworkers to get better results. After our conversation she looked like a different person (literally), like a weight had been lifted. She felt heard and therefore valued. Plus she was empowered because she had strategies to try out that may resolve her situation. This made her feel good because she was being proactive rather than complaining, as she routinely did, at the coffee station. This is what I do for companies, I support and lead employees while aligning their passions and goals with the mission of the organization.
Happy Humans are Productive and Innovative Humans!!
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