What’s Next After Working as a Loyal Employee?

When you’ve been with one company for so long, your identity sticks with it. You may have a hard time thinking about the kind of person you will be when you leave the company. Though you don’t plan on resigning, retirement may be around the corner, and that can be pretty scary.

For Verizon employees, this doesn’t have to be a time of fear and uncertainty. You can do so much more with your life after you’ve walked the halls of the office for the last time.

Retirement

Verizon sets its employees up with a generous retirement plan, which will come in handy when you reach retirement age. This means you’ll have the funds ready to do what you want with your life even if you’re technically not employed any more. This eliminates the financial insecurity that most senior citizens worry about. Think of this as repayment for all the years you’ve been hard at work.

Finally, you get to stay at home, use your time as you wish, and plan for your years ahead without a tight schedule stopping you. If you choose to move to assisted living, you’ll also have the funds to cover your monthly fees. For those who want to travel, there is no work week stopping you now. It’s the start of the rest of your life!

Reinvention

talking to employees

Being with the same company surrounded by the same people day in and day out would have changed you quite a bit. Perhaps you learned to adapt to a fast-paced work environment and now you feel like slowing down might be a challenge.

Take the time to get used to it without forcing yourself to change drastically. The people you didn’t like at the office are now out of your life, so you can let your guard down and take things at a more leisurely pace. You may even go on a retreat to rediscover yourself or figure out what kind of identity you want to take on in your senior years. It’s never too late to try something new or learn a new skill.

Returns

Throughout your life, people will tell you that you should start investing. If you have done that, this is the time to reap the rewards. Your investments should give you a little something to enjoy in your old age. Take note that money is not the only thing you can invest.

If you’ve repaired your relationship with your siblings, now that you have more free time on your hands, you can pay them a visit or even go on a vacation together. If you’ve invested in your child’s home, you’ll be happy to stay with them for a couple of weeks to see them doing well without the financial burden of a mortgage.

It’s not just billionaires who get to enjoy life after they’re done contributing to the workforce. For Verizon employees, the goal of having a happy retirement is achievable. When you get there, you’ll be happy to know that everything you worked hard for is not in vain.

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Join the Club: Do These If You Want to Make Your New Hires Feel Welcome

The first few weeks of your new hires are crucial. It can make or break their decision to be with the team for the long haul. For sure, you know well about the consequences of that choice. If they stay, thrive, and use their talents to the full potential, that means that you can grow better and succeed perhaps greater than you foresee. If they leave, that means that you will go back to the recruitment process. It isn’t only gruelling but also costly, while possibly handling disgruntled, disappointed ex-employees. Your goal then is to make the transition for your new hires as smooth as possible so that they will stay. Here are onboarding strategies that can help in making new hires feel welcome:

Organise a team lunch

This isn’t just to formally introduce new employees to the team they’ll be closely working with. In fact, it’s for informal purposes: letting them loosen up and getting to know them on a more personal level. When you share life over food, talking about family, interests, hobbies, and aspirations, you find commonalities among each other in one way or another. This will create a sense of connection that your new hires will appreciate and get excited about.

Go out of the office and treat your team to some nice pasta and wine. For some added team spirit, go out in your work uniforms.NZ-based HR specialists explain that this could further boost that sense of belongingness. Prepare some icebreaker questions, too, so that your conversations will be much more intentional.

Pair them up with a mentor

No matter how talented your new hires are, the first days on the job can be really intimidating. They’re trying to have a feel of their tasks and expectations from them. They’re trying to have a feel of their environment and the people around them. When you give them a mentor, this accomplishes two things. One, it allows them to learn more about their job and therefore build confidence in it over time. Two, it gives them an instant friend or at least a go-to person and seatmate for lunches or team huddles. Come up with a buddy system before the new hires come in. Encourage your current employees, especially those working for you for three years and up, to volunteer as mentors. If you want, include it officially in your incentive program.

Talk to them one on one

meeting with the boss

Check on them every now and then for the first 30 days. Have their department managers do the one-on-one talk. On the management’s end, this conversation will be beneficial for knowing what the new employee’s struggles are. You’ll be able to come up then with action plans that can help them. On the new hire’s end, this will communicate that you care about them. You’re willing to take the time to sit down with them. You understand that they still need assistance and support. End your conversations with them not only with a note of encouragement but with a challenge. Have them embrace your vision as a company. Invite them to take part in reaching your bigger goals. Let them see how growing in your organisation allows them to grow in their personal careers.

If you will notice, the warm-welcome strategy consists of relationships in different levels: groups, pairs, and personal. Cover all these bases, and you can guarantee that your new hires will feel like they belong even in their first few days.

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