Here at PPS we pride ourselves on having a friendly-natured and welcoming culture. We also believe in practicing what we preach.
Over the next few weeks we are thrilled to be welcoming 3 new members to the business- an IP, a Graduate and a Marketing Executive. Each has a very different background and we tailored the onboarding process accordingly.
Each year we have an intake of graduates and IPs who take part in a structured programme that allows them to hone their expertise in different areas within the business. Myself and 4 other graduates joined the scheme last year and, as part of welcoming our IP and grad to the team, took them out to lunch the week before they began to make their transition in to the business that little bit easier.
In a relaxed environment, we were able to answer some of the questions they had about the business and the roles they would be working within:
“What’s it like to work at PPS?”
“How many people are there on each team?”“When can we take lunch?”
This allowed us to engage in conversation and offer answers and support in a way that was far more personal than the usual way of replying via email or having a quick phone call. It also gave a good feel for what the culture of the business is truly like.
When they begin, our new starters will already be familiar with some of the faces in the office and will hopefully feel a little more relaxed in their new working environment.
We took a slightly different approach with our new Marketing Executive, inviting him in during our working hours to get a feel for the office and spend some time with the team before starting.
During his interview, he stated that if he were a woman, he would be Jennifer Lawrence and that he particularly likes her relaxed attitude and the fact that sh
e casually ate pizza at The Oscars. Less is more, and remembering little facts like this allowed us to add the personal touch- we set his desktop background as a photo of Jennifer Lawrence delving in to some pizza. Not only is this a fun way to welcome a new team member- it’s a great ice breaker.
As well as these special touches, each new employee will have a structured and tailored training programme as well as being involved in a variety of meetings across the business.
We are very excited to welcome them to the team a
nd, who knows, maybe using a blog as part of the onboarding process could work.