Encouraging and enabling new employees to take on real responsibility and deliver results in the first week can get them up and running quickly. Start by setting up a mentor relationship, such as with a friendly, knowledgeable peer, to get newcomers started and help them feel comfortable. Give them a simple task right away, but also consider giving them something a bit more challenging to do as well. Depending on the worker, a group project might be more productive than an individual assignment. This group effort helps new employees to get to know their co-workers, engage in teamwork, and jump on a big project right away. Get new employees involved in the company culture by helping them see how their job relates to organizational mission and goals. Let them know about opportunities to engage with co-workers socially, such as a company softball team or lunchtime walking group. Read the full article.