The onboarding process is crucial for worker retention. It’s where a new employee can be set up for success within the company.
For veteran employees within a company, it might be easy to forget how confusing a new job and new working environment can be, and as a result, relevant onboarding details could slip through the cracks. A good onboarding plan concentrates on making the worker feel comfortable, valued and part of the organization’s culture as fast as possible. While most companies have mastered the paperwork and other technical parts of bringing on new workers, few do the cultural parts very well.
A company only has one opportunity to make a solid first impression with the new hire, and the first weeks will leave a lasting impression that could mean the difference between someone staying on for months or years. New workers that feel welcome are more likely to stick around and that will be seen in the bottom line.
Here are a few suggestions on how to get the onboarding process right.
Learn about the new hire as a person
Getting to know a new hire can go a long way to not only making them feel appreciated, but also understanding how they are motivated and how they learn.
Spend some time getting to know every new hire on their first day, and try to get a feel for their personality, passions, interests and pet peeves. Also try to draw out something that makes the new employee unique. For instance, you could ask about their hobbies, vacations or last social media post.
Then, send an email to the entire organization, or just the new hire’s immediate team members, to introduce them. Be sure to include fun facts they felt comfortable sharing with others. Work isn’t just about people’s talents, but also shared connections among team members.
Immerse them in company culture
Having a new worker immersed into the culture of your company as soon as possible is the best approach to make them feel like an important member of the team.
Designate specific tasks and ask for their input whenever possible. Develop a plan for what they want to accomplish down the road with the company. Be diligent about involving the new employee in all social activities both inside and outside of the workplace. In meetings, ask for their input and actively pay attention to what they say.
Establish and support a mentor system
Whenever a new individual is brought aboard, assign an experienced employee to show them around the workplace, go to lunch with them and offer assistance as needed. This might be undertaken by a designated mentor on staff or rotated among staff you are looking to groom for leadership roles.
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