Whether you want to admit it or accept it, your company has an employee onboarding process. While this process looks completely different from company to company, it is important for every company (no matter how large or small) to nurture and define their employee onboarding process. So how do you make sure your new hire onboarding process is going to be successful?
It really isn’t as complicated as it may sound. In fact, following four rules when it comes to onboarding can help increase your employee retention, improve your employee engagement, and boost office moral.
Here are four ways you can make your employee onboarding successful:
1. Prepare for the new hire.
When the new hire starts, you need to be there and ready with all the necessary forms and paperwork they need to fill out. Instead of waiting until you meet with the new hire to print off any forms they need to fill out, have that ready to go so they aren’t waiting on you. Anything you can do ahead of time is going to make the entire onboarding process go smoother and it’s going to let the new hire feel like you are excited and ready for them to start.
2. Be open and honest with the new hire.
When it comes to letting a new hire know what is expected of them, it’s crucial that you are open and honest. This part of the onboarding process actually needs to start long before you hire. You might consider writing a description of job duties and expectations for them. When you advertise a job opening, make sure you detail the job and inform potential candidates of what will be expected. But more than that, you need to make sure the expectations you have for the new hire align with the information you gave candidates at the beginning of the process.
3. Establish a calendar.
You may think the onboarding process starts with morning coffee and ends at the end of the first day, but the onboarding process can (and should) take months to fully complete. Your calendar should change depending on the role and how much direct contact you will have with the employee, but as a rule of thumb, you should establish a calendar that allows you to check in with the new hire. You need to at least check in at 90 days, 6 months, and 1 year, but you may want to check in even more often. No matter how you choose to establish your calendar, just be sure you share it with the new hire.
4. Explain the company culture in as much detail as possible.
When a new employee starts, you have to keep in mind that they are going to be nervous and have lots of questions. As the person walking them through the process, it’s your job to give them insights and details into the company culture. Introduce them to the people they will be working with, show them around the office, and help them establish their role and fit into the culture.
Your employee onboarding process is crucial to the success of your company and your employee retention. When you have a well-established process, you can more successfully engage and retain the people you are hiring.
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