Onboarding a New Employee into your Secure Workplace

Hiring new employees is an exciting time. Your company’s growing and you’ve got fresh faces generating new ideas in the workplace. But bringing on a new employee can also be stressful. There’s a prescribed list of steps to take. It’s always important to vet the new hire with their references, to verify that they hold the desired qualifications and perhaps most importantly, ensure that they’re a good fit for your organization. Even once they’ve accepted your offer, the work isn’t done – you still need to orient them to your policies and expectations, while making them comfortable in their surroundings.

We’ve already written about the steps to take to protect your organization when an employee leaves – but what do you do when you’re bringing a new person on board? Here are some ideas:

– Establish security buddies. Pair new employees up with seasoned security vets. Not only will it provide them with a resource for security at your organization, it will give them a familiar face and help develop connections across diverse departments.

– Share best practices. Your employees want to make the best decisions for the greater good of the organization – they just might not have the best tools for the job. Ensure that everyone is on the same page and has the right tools for security success.

– Be enthusiastic. Sure, security might not always be the most exciting subject to everyone – but that doesn’t mean you can’t try and get people interested in the topic. Whether you choose to celebrate those who are taking extra steps in protecting themselves and your organization, or you take the time to learn the concerns of your employees when it comes to security, get a conversation started. Be sure to check out our blog post on how to get people excited about cybersecurity for a few other ideas.

– Ensure employees know where to go with questions. Security buddies are a great place to start with this, but expand it further by sharing the best contacts in IT for questions about antivirus software or information on the latest online threats. Giving employees a place to go lets them know that their questions are important and worth discussing.

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