How do you make new people feel valued and included?

There are thousands of blog posts out there about employee engagement, teamwork, team building activities, you name it. These posts offer useful tips on how to engage people more within a company in order to improve performance, but I find many are lacking a central point, or avoiding the main question: how do you make a new person really feel welcome, feel part of the team, feel that he/she is valuable and needed in the company? Does your company have any special practices set out for this? Or is it just take the office tour, say hi to everyone and start working?

When considering team building and employee engagement we often focus on performance, on numbers and, ultimately, on profits. What we tend to forget is people.

When considering team building and employee engagement we often focus on performance, on numbers and, ultimately, on profits. What we tend to forget is people. The simple, obvious, human aspect of the equation. People provide the ultimate value in a company. Without people, humans, each with their own marvellous mind, companies are nothing. So in order to get the most out of people, we must shift our focus onto them and forget engagement rates and profits for a moment. How can we achieve this? How can we instil a feeling of value and belonging into a new employee?

Here’s a short video explaining how we do this at mondora.com:

mondora’s solution for making new people feel valued and part of the team is to give them something valuable the moment they start their career in the company. Each new person is given a traditional locally produced wheel of cheese of the value of €500. Bitto Storico cheese increases in value each year as it ages. After three years, the value of the cheese is about €1500. This means that each new employee immediately has the responsibility of a valuable investment that will later be used to the benefit of the community. The cheese is not to be eaten by the employee, but stored and cared for. After three years it will be auctioned and the employee will have the power to decide how the profits are used for the community, or if they will be re-invested in more cheese.

mondora’s solution for making new people feel valued and part of the team is to give them something valuable the moment they start their career in the company.

Immediately investing something real in new people, the moment they enter the company, makes them feel valued, respected and trusted. Trust is a very powerful team glue, which ensures people work together and achieve great results whilst being happy, engaged, active and productive. Give people something real, prove to them that they are valued within the company, and they will give you the best possible engagement in return.

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This is the mondora solution, a B Corporation solution. What is yours? What does your company do for new people? What did they do for you when you started out?

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