The recruiting and hiring of employees is a time consuming and expensive venture if it’s done right. And consider this, it’s even more time consuming and expensive it it’s not done right. As Confucius or one of his relatives said, “If you’re going to do it, you might as well do it right.”Select Files

So you found the right person, extended the offer, and received an acceptance. Now what.

Depending upon the size of your company you either have an HR and legal department with a plan in place, or you are a smaller company with a smaller plan in place. Either way the key is to have a plan. We won’t get into all the legal and HR requirements in this article since these aspects of the hiring process are rather monolithic and structured with little variance.

Your process to hire the new employee sets a benchmark to the culture of your company that you want present to the new hire. Hence it’s important to do what you say you are going to do. This encompasses the timeliness of communication and the clarity of that communication. This can be summed up with communicating effectively and building trust; the foundation for integrity.

There are things you can do to help make the on-boarding (hiring) process more personal and begin to introduce the culture of your company in a reassuring supportive manner to your new hire.

A nice touch in the hiring process is to have an ambassador for the new hire; someone who can help introduce the new employee to the company. So rather than the new hire trying to chase someone down for answers or direction, the ambassador is taking the lead and initiating contact with your new employee.

Another class act is to welcome the new employee’s family to your company. It can be a simple telephone message, a small gift or gift certificate for a meal. Acknowledging the new hire’s family is often overlooked as an opportunity to create good will and support.

Look at it like the experience of baking a cake. So much time and effort goes into gathering the ingredients, following the recipe, and timing the result, when in fact it’s the frosting, the candles, the message, and the presentation that are most important, and most memorable for all those who participate.