Bringing a new hire on board takes time and planning. Your new hire’s experience acclimating to your company impacts their attitude about the work, their team, and your employer brand.
A great onboarding process prepares your new hire to become productive and successful in your organization. It helps develop an understanding of your company culture and how to fulfill the job duties and responsibilities.
Your onboarding process must help your new hire feel welcome and included. This promotes engagement, team cohesion, and retention.
Follow these guidelines to create a great onboarding process that sets up your employees for success.
Clarify Company Policies and Procedures
Give your new hire a copy of the employee handbook. Go over the relevant information.
Talk about how your new hire should go about their daily activities. Include where to find the necessary resources to maximize productivity.
Provide an Onboarding Buddy
Partner your new hire with a teammate to provide guidance. The teammate can show your new hire around, answer questions, and help resolve issues.
Matching your new hire with a seasoned partner helps build security and team cohesion. It also sets up your new hire for success in your organization.
Regular communication with your new hire helps orient them to the job and work priorities. It also provides a clear picture of the reporting structure and an understanding of the business processes and procedures.
Provide clear expectations and milestones throughout the onboarding process. Include how progress and success will be measured.
Letting your new hire know what to expect helps them see their movement toward goals. It also helps them feel secure and succeed in their position.
Share with your new hire your company resources for inclusion. This may include introducing your new hire to peers with common traits, hobbies, or interests. It also might involve educating your new hire on your employee resource groups (ERGs).
Prioritizing inclusion helps your new hire navigate the work environment and feel like a valued member of your company. This promotes appreciation, respect, and loyalty within your organization.
Regularly ask your new hire for constructive feedback on your onboarding process. Find out what they like best, what can improve, and specific suggestions to do better.
Improving your onboarding process enhances the employee experience. This increases employee engagement, performance, and productivity throughout their tenure with your organization.
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