Happy employees are successful, productive and loyal employees – and it starts on their first day at your company, or even before. As you structure your onboarding process, make sure every new hire is quickly made to feel welcome, valued and prepared to contribute.
Consider onboarding from the new employee’s perspective.
Make every effort for onboarding to be fun and interesting, and relieve as much new-job stress as possible.
- Get a jump on it. Send new hires as much information as possible before their first day at work. This includes any paperwork that can be filled out ahead of time, so they don’t spend day one buried in HR forms. Provide them with such information as an orientation and onboarding schedules and a company FAQ sheet.
- Have their workstation ready. Be sure phones and computers are connected and email and other accounts are active. Equip new hires with company phone directories, organizational charts and other helpful tools – right down to pens, sharp pencils, legal pads and a company hat or T-shirt.
- Post policies and procedures somewhere convenient and accessible. Verbal mentions may go unnoticed or be forgotten in the midst of all that’s going on. An online resource that is regularly updated may be your best bet.
- Bring them into the social circle. Don’t make them learn the hard way. For instance, if you have casual Fridays, be sure they’re informed so they don’t show up their first week in a suit and tie. If sign-ups are under way for this spring’s company softball league or the whole team goes to happy hour once a month, extend an invitation.
- Consider assigning welcome mentors. This way, new hires have someone who can show them around, introduce them to colleagues and answer their questions. It’s also a great way to get a true feel for the personality of their new workplace.
Recent research reveals a shocking fact: If you’ve just hired 10 new people, chances are three of them will quit within 90 days. Be sure to check in regularly with employees during their early days at your company. After a certain amount of time has passed – 30 days is a general rule of thumb – schedule a more official meeting between an employee and their senior manager to see how things are going.
- Solicit their feedback so you can make your onboarding process even better. Ask them to come to this meeting prepared with questions and suggestions.
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