Everyone likes to feel special, right? Hiring a new employee (full-time, part-time or independent contractor) is not the end of the hiring process. Many lawyers believe that getting the job is the end of the process. However, do more if you intend to keep your new employee. You want to welcome that person into your law firm.

One small gesture makes the difference

I was presenting a program for Corning in upstate NY, which is not the easiest place to go.

After a long travel day, I arrived at my hotel to find a beautiful fruit basket and a custom made glass bowl waiting for me.

There was a note from the person who hired me saying how excited she was to have me there and hoped that basket, notes about the building and gala agenda would make my stay more enjoyable. Did I do an extra special job for her? HELLO, Hells YES!

Create your Welcome Experience

Give your new employee the same happy feels by creating a welcome experience for them. The welcome starts your orientation plan.

What does your welcome experience consist of?

  • Connect with them personally
  • Remind your EE that you are excited
  • Demonstrate that you appreciate their talent
  • Give them the lay of the land
  • Help them understand what comes next

Your goal is to start your working relationship off on the right foot and show how different you are then past employers.

Did you know that 79% of employee quite because they don’t feel appreciated? Or that appreciation is the number 1 thing that prompts employees to go the extra mile?

Start showing your appreciation from day 1. For those who worry that someone will take advantage of that, check your hiring criteria. You hired the wrong person.

Do you create a welcome packet as part of your orientation plan?

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Dina Lynch Eisenberg, JD, is the CEO of OutsourceEasier.com, an outsourcing training/consulting firm for successful lawyers and entrepreneurs based in Oakland, CA.

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