Integrating new staff hires Download
+ Be sure there is strong communication with staff. Like everyone, they hate changes and surprises.
+ Have appropriate people in on the informal and formal visits to your campus.
+ Explain why you are sold on this person before he or she comes.
+ Show others the resume.
WHEN HE OR SHE ARRIVES
+ Have a brief reception the first day with the appropriate department(s).
+ Have a ten-minute party with all staff to welcome, at the next staff meeting.
+ Have office and supplies and lists ready.
+ Have the two or three people they will work most closely with take them to lunch or coffee the first day.
+ Introduce briefly in a worship service, if they are in a pastoral role.
+ Schedule a4-6 minute presentation at staff meeting for their “Ten main decisions or events in my life.” These help all know the person and even why they are who they are.
THE FAMILY POLICIES BEHIND THE SCENES
+ Tell all staff how hard it is for new people to feel at home and how the Golden Rule applies here.
+ Ordain the department head or your assistant or management person or executive pastor with the monitoring of the welcome and first weeks or lists above.
+ Have a written “contract” with all details of benefits and policies needed, in a sealed envelope when they are there.