8 Tips to Help New Hires Build Relationships

Research shows that those who have strong relationships at work generate better results for their companies.

Exemplary onboarding programs view relationship building as a strategic and intentional sustained investment in the new hire experience. Some schools of thought believe that relationships ‘just happen’. While there is some merit to that, organizations can orchestrate meaningful connections to transfer knowledge, improve time to productivity, and ultimately, contribution to the organization and its goals at a quicker rate than organic relationships.

According to a recent study from Brandon Hall Group, many organizations that leverage assimilation activities such as meet and greets with leadership, lunch with co-workers, and time for socialization as part of their onboarding program. An opportunity for many of these organizations is to extend these experiences throughout the new hire’s first year as they encounter many firsts within a business cycle. The same Brandon Hall Group study found that effective assimilation practices have resulted in improvements in employee engagement and retention – by as much as 52% and 32%, respectively.

This includes better retention, productivity, profitability and more. But work relationships don’t just happen—new hires need to make the right connections. With the right ‘go to’ people added to the new hire journey, you will add a huge boost to comfort, learning and fast productivity.

Download this new eBook to learn key relationship building tips, including:

  • Start before day one
  • Make your efforts interactive
  • Encourage participation in affinity groups
  • Much more!

New hire relationships offer a big payback. Skills (and happiness) improve. Plus, it’s an important protection for your firm’s hiring investment.

Add these great tips to your new hire onboarding journey today.