Being the new kid in school is one of life's most traumatizing experiences. How tough will my teacher be? Do I have to eat lunch by myself? Will anyone play with me at recess?

Guess what? Even the most seasoned employees can feel exactly the same way on their first day on a new job as they meet new people, learn different procedures and immerse themselves in an unfamiliar corporate culture.

Doing a few simple things, from management to human resources to coworkers, can smooth the transition and make new hires feel right at home.

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