A large organization tends to celebrate staff departures while giving little support to newcomers. This can be quite confusing to new staff. When they arrive, they are anxious to get to work. Unfortunately, they may find that many of the tools they need are not available or not configured correctly. This makes it very difficult for the new staff member to be productive. All new employees want to make a good impression so a lack of tools is a major problem. Their moral can suffer because of it.
The new employee must learn both the technological environment and the corporate culture. Even with access to all of the available tools, there may be quite a bit of learning necessary before the new employee is comfortable and productive. Frequently, they will have to use the organizations that are different than those they have used in the past. Whether the employee adapts to the new set of tools or petitions for the purchase of new ones is a common issue for new staff.
Companies can really help new employees if they put a little effort into a structured orientation program. A dedicated library of resources for the new employees should be established. This can contain the current company employee list and an organization chart. There should also be historical documents for the new employee to review. Some companies maintain a list of the acronyms commonly in use in the organization. All of these pieces of information can help the new employee become productive as quickly as possible. If a little care is taken, the orientation materials can be maintained easily. A librarian should be appointed who will work will all staff to keep the material up to date.
It is important to get the new employee engaged in the corporate culture as soon as possible. Regular meetings offer a chance to mix at work but they can be project focused. This often doesn’t allow a team to build moral since the issues of the project are the major topics on the agenda. Instead, there should be less formal opportunities to meet.
Good organizations, with strong team moral, have found that recognition events are great ways to boost employee participation. These can be quick meetings where individual or team accomplishments are highlighted to the staff. These don’t have to cost very much for the company. Simply recognizing good contributions can do a lot to boost moral both in the people praised and their co-workers.
While increasing the money paid to staff can boost moral, it isn’t the only way. A lot of value can be gained by a simple gathering or by attention to the life demands of staff. The offer of free food can be well received. Don’t make it a pizza lunch all the time, mix it up. Maybe the company should have a fresh fruit platter sometimes. Variety is to be encouraged. With it, staff will feel that they are being looked after and their moral will naturally increase.