5 Steps To Integrate Someone New Into Your Team

So you’re happy with the results that your Applicant Tracking System has given you and you’ve got a new person joining your team shortly – but will they be as good a fit to your team as they seemed they would be in the interview?

You won’t want to take any chances with this, which is why your firm’s onboarding process needs to be nigh-on seamless. Here are five ways to make sure of that.

1. Be clear about your expectations

Yes, many of your expectations of your new recruit should have been explained in their candidate interview, but now, it’s time to lay out the ground rules for their day-to-day life at your company. Are your and their expectations one and the same?

2. Get them to meet your people

It’s a ‘no-brainer’ to introduce your new employee to those that they will be directly working with. However, we’d also urge you to get them acquainted with those working above them, and who may therefore serve as mentors to your new employee.

Mentoring, after all, can be critical to getting your new worker to fit into your company without too much fuss. This means you should be doing everything possible to expose your new worker to people who they can learn from and in whom they can confide.

3. Hold a welcome event

Do you need to organise something extravagant to welcome your new employee to your company? Nope – it could be as simple as lunch together with the team, a post-work happy hour or a more outlandish event such as a company-wide bowling tournament.

Regardless, it’s another great way to get your employees to know each other better, in a fun setting rather than a professional one in which many people are focused on their deadlines.

4. Ask questions and be open to suggestions

Your new employee is a fresh pair of eyes, so you should take advantage of that freshness. What do they make of certain ways your team works right now? What do they think could be improved, and how exactly would they improve it?

New hires aren’t entrenched in your firm’s established approaches to certain things. They can therefore often spot inconsistencies and unhelpful aspects of your business’s operations more easily than those who have been on your payroll for years.

5. Decorate their office area for their first day

Don’t risk your new employee being almost forgotten about as soon as they sign a contract with your company. Instead, make them feel valued from the first day, by decorating their part of the office or even having a cake and card – complete with your employees’ congratulations and well-wishes – ready for them.

Such warm sentiments from the start are likely to be returned by a worker who will have a better attitude and be ‘raring to go’ to contribute to your company’s success story.

A smooth transition from candidate to employee will help to ensure your new worker quickly becomes ‘part of the furniture’ at your company… to such an extent that it may feel like they’ve been on your team for years.

By working closely with Webrecruit and drawing upon our highly rated applicant tracking system when recruiting new employees in the first place, you can especially maximise the chances of that being the case.

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One in five Britons admit to binge drinking, according to new survey

Many Britons have a problematic relationship with drinking, according to a survey carried out by Google on behalf of Charterhouse Clinic Flore , The survey data showed that 21.3% of respondents admitted to drinking “more than seven units of alcohol” in a session. This puts them in the binge-drinking category, according to the NHS.
One in 10 of us would like to cut down on our drinking and feel guilty about the amount that we do drink. One in 20 admitted to drinking to the point of memory loss. One in 20 have also been asked to stop drinking by a friend or family member. Drinking first thing in the morning to steady a hangover was the least common drinking problem, though six respondents admitted to this as well.

Few people understood the limit for “low-risk” drinking, but there was an even split between those who underestimated and overestimated the limit. Just one in four knew that the recommended limit from the NHS for low-risk drinking is 14 units per week.

Not all bad news

There are a rising number of people who don’t drink at all in the UK. 35% of those surveyed said that they never drink. This is an increase compared to an ONS survey from 2016. The 2016 survey found that 21% of adults did not drink at all. 47% of women asked said that they never drink, whereas the figure for men was 23.3%.

In total, more than half of adults reported not drinking regularly, either never drinking or just drinking on three or four occasions a month. Women are more likely to be teetotal than men.

Binge-drinking remains a problem

Men aged 35-44 were the most likely to binge drink. 29.5% of this group admitted drinking more than seven units of alcohol in a single session. The women most likely to drink seven units per session are aged 55-64.

Women aged 55-64 were also the most likely to drink on five or more occasions per week (at 35%). The group that was next most likely to drink five or more times per week was men aged 65 and over (26.4%).

What is a unit of alcohol?

Very few respondents showed a good understanding of what a unit of alcohol is or what low-risk drinking actually looked like. Only 8.4% of people knew that a unit of alcohol is roughly equal to a single shot of spirits. 33.1% thought that a glass of wine is equal to one unit. Actually, a small glass of weak wine is closer to one-and-a-half units, while a medium-strength glass of wine is almost two units.

Similarly, only one in four knew that the NHS’ low-risk drinking limit is 14 units per week.

Potential problem drinkers?

Obi Unaka, a therapist and clinical supervisor at Charterhouse Clinic Flore, is most worried about the men aged 25-34. Almost a third of this group regularly drink more than seven units in a session:

“We’ve all got a friend like that. He’ll want to meet up at the pub after work and he’ll put away three pints of strong beer. And he’ll do it four or five times a week. But three pints of strong beer is nine units of alcohol, which is above the threshold for binge drinking. It puts an incredible strain on the body and will often catch up with them 10 years later — if not sooner.

“Making the problem worse is the fact that many of these guys don’t know they’re binge-drinking or at risk of sliding into alcoholism. Many of the people I see in our rehab clinic start out like this. It’s often only a health problem or a relationship breakdown which forces them to look at their problematic drinking in a new light.”

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