Physician practices are usually relatively small, so the important of every person is magnified. Hiring the right person is a subject frequently dealt with in the business literature. What is often overlooked is turning the new hire into a long time employee. A recent article in the Small Business Review has some good ideas for all to consider.
The first few days on the job should be well planned. The employee should also be paired with someone to “mentor” them, to be a safe person to speak to (in other words, not their supervisor), and someone to make sure they aren’t left alone. Someone should be there to greet the new employee, the orientation should be carefully planned out, and make sure that several employees take the person to lunch. Get them on payroll, the benefits set up, and any business cards, stationary, phone, email, press releases and so on taken care right away. After a week or so, send a letter to their home welcoming them to the practice (the letter at home adds punch, as family and friends will see it and hear about it).
The first days on the job set the stage for the remainder of the new employee’s tenure with you. Start it off right.