One day years ago, I was walking in mid-town Manhattan on a lunch break and came upon a movie shoot with Robin Williams. There was only a small crowd gathered, so I stopped to watch. About ten minutes later, they broke and Robin immediately came over to sign autographs. He asked for a pen, no one replied, so I offered mine and he took it. He signed, joked away, then quickly wrapped up to get back on set. Before he did, he came over to me, smiled and said “Thanks a lot for the pen.” as he handed it back to me. It was very special and memorable for me. Why? Because he gave me a few moments of his direct attention.
That’s also what makes the difference and greater distinction when welcoming a new employee - our direct attention. It’s what I consider to be the most important part of onboarding a new hire. Sure, we are all busy and onboarding is a process, but taking the time to ensure focus is given to each new hire as an individual who matters when they join a company is golden.
Here are a few tips on how to give new hires attention: