We have all been there. It’s your first day at a new business and there’s a lot to get used to. New work, new people, new commutes, and so much more, it can all feel a little overwhelming at first. It’s important that the rest of the team help to welcome the new team member to make them feel welcomed and integrate fast, meaning they can learn the new work effectively.
That’s why it’s essential to prioritize team building for new team members. In this blog post, we will explore the importance of team building for integration and provide some strategies for welcoming and integrating new team members.
Team building activities help to increase the likelihood that you will be able to build relationships with new team members, therefore increasing the likelihood they will feel integrated into the team.
This can also have a positive impact on the company if new employees feel they have a good enough relationship to being up work-related questions, increasing productivity.
Strong communication among employees
Increased integration will have a positive impact on communication. For example, if there’s a situation at work where the employees are not sure about a task (which is more likely if they are new to the role), an integrated team member will feel more comfortable asking questions across many different departments, and not feel nervous about it. Not just work-related questions either, this can extend to other ideas and concerns.
This will in hand increase the likelihood that tasks will be completed at a faster rate and the chance of issues arising is significantly reduced. This will also bring confidence to the new team member.
Improving team dynamics when completing tasks
The use of team building when integrating new team members will result in improved team dynamics. Team members will be more aware of each other’s strengths, weaknesses, and preferred ways of working. When integrating a new team member, knowing the team dynamic will bring an efficient team for any work-related challenge.
Boosts team morale
Welcoming new team members across the whole team will help boost team morale. Happy new joiners and vice versa will bring a healthy integrated dynamic. Using team-building activities as a strategy across the business will help encourage the team to have fun also outside the office environment.
How can my business integrate a new team member fast?
Do you have a new team member starting and wondering how you can introduce them to the team? You could try any of the following:
- A warm introduction to the team with a coffee or lunch.
- Assign a team ‘buddy’ during the first few weeks.
- Culture and policy training.
- Feedback about how well the team made the new team member feel welcome. This can help make improvements for the next starter.
Overall, this blog hopes to have shown the importance of team building for integration. Beyond team building, ensuring the new team member feels welcomed will have a positive impact team-building efforts.