How to Improve Your Onboarding Process

Meaghan McDonaldMeaghan McDonald | Tue, Apr 18, 2017

Sometimes, it can be difficult for workers to adapt to their new jobs. Roles and expectations may be different, and it can take time for newcomers to integrate themselves into a new work culture. The pressure to fit in can overwhelm recent hires, which is why an effective onboarding process is so important for many companies. 

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But onboarding isn’t limited to training employees; it’s about helping workers fit within an organizational structure. Workers’ true potential can’t fully emerge until they feel comfortable within their environment, and onboarding procedures can help them strengthen the skills they’ll need to succeed in a new workplace. 

What happens when you improve your process? Effective onboarding practices ensure you don’t have to spend extra money to re-train employees. You canalso reduce turnover rates and increase employee retention. 

If your firm wants to save money and help its workers do their best, you should consider following onboarding tips from the experts, like the ones described below.

Don’t Overload New Hires

A proper onboarding process should introduce policies and practices slowly and carefully instead of dumping them on a fresh recruit all at once. Don’t wait until your new employee’s first day to give him or her legal documents;instead, send the offer letter earlier so he or she has time to go through them. 

You should plan the first week so the employee learns essential information and can meet with his or her supervisors. It’s best to not overburden your new employee right away. Instead, focus on ensuring the worker has the space and materials necessary to ensure a smooth transition.

Consult Employees When You Plan Your Strategies

Sometimes, new employees can find it tricky to fit in with an established group. If your recent hires don’t fit in right away, their morale can suffer. That’s why you should get other employees involved in the onboarding process. 

When new employees come on board, they’re going to want a tour of the office and to meet your team. Facilitate introductions with other members of the professional’s department and make sure your new staff member meets key figures in the company. Ask other workers about their onboarding process and solicit feedback. They had to be onboarded when they started, so they can offer valuable insight into the behaviour and practices that made them feel valued.

Make Sure Your Hires Get the Assistance They Need

New hires have a lot on their plates. Between adapting to a different work environment and learning the basics of their new role, it can be difficult for them to perform at full capacity. Many companies usually take three months to determine whether a new worker represents a good fit, which can put undue stress on the professional.

That’s why it’s important to attend to your new employees’ needs. Let them know they can consult you at any time for assistance, and introduce them to managers and other current staff members who can answer their questions. Small measures can go a long way in making a new hire feel capable and valued.

Adjust Your Expectations for the First Three Months

It’s tempting to see new employees’ first few weeks as a runway period. The workers use this time to get up to speed, and when it’s up, they’re ready to soar. The pressure of the first few weeks, however, can give new hires a lot of excessive anxiety.

You need to give them more time to demonstrate their full potential. Watch them for three months and see how they adapt. If they flounder, offer them job shadowing or foster greater communication with them. They’ll be more likely to meet your expectations by the end of the transition period.

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Meaghan McDonald

Meaghan's worked in Customer Service for over 10 years and currently supports our engineering contractors. When she's not helping others figure out paperwork, payroll and other stuff, she enjoys painting, drawing and crushing HBO series.

 
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