Our friends over at TeamBonding have tons of great tips and suggestions for team building, and we particularly love their recent blog post reminding employees to pay special attention to interns and intern orientation.
Interns offer a unique opportunity to evaluate, develop, and, theoretically, hire in-house talent. But while businesses are often busy grooming their interns, they may not realize that interns can use their time in the office to evaluate whether this is a company they’d want to work for in the future.
That’s why it’s important for companies to make sure their interns are treated well, and the best way to do that is to get off on the right foot from the very beginning.
Intern orientation lays the foundation for the intern experience within the company and it’s critical to make sure you dedicate the necessary time and resources to ensure this is a great event.
Check out TeamBonding’s intern orientation checklist and the goals they suggest promoting at your orientation here.
And may we suggest incorporating a little team building into the day?
This is a large group of people coming together likely for the first time. It’s critical to make sure they get to know one another quickly, and what better way to do that than with a team building activity? It doesn’t have to be a full-feature event like a tour with Museum Hack or an outing to Chelsea Piers, but take a little time to engage in an in-office team building activity to break the ice and get everyone feeling a little bit more comfortable in their company.