Blog / Successfully Onboarding New Employees

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You have sifted through stacks of resumes and sat through dozens of interviews. Now you’ve finally found the perfect new hire. To help this new employee reach their full potential in the shortest amount of time possible and maximize productivity, your company must have an effective onboarding process.

This is more than a basic new employee orientation. Onboarding is intended to familiarize new hires with the overall goals of the company and offer support while they take on initial projects. The purpose is to have the new employee experience success quickly which will translate into increased job satisfaction and decreased turnover.

Many companies lack a well thought out onboarding plan. This can have a negative impact on retaining quality hires. Let’s look at some strategies organizations can incorporate into their on-boarding plans to increase the likelihood of new employees having a positive introduction into the company.

  1. Give your employee undivided attention - When bringing a new hire into the organization, make a list of subjects you want to review and block out enough time to address them all. Letting emails, phone calls and texts continually interrupt the orientation sends a message to your new employee that they don’t deserve your full attention. This can immediately make them feel devalued.

  2. Set up a workstation - While employees will eventually take ownership of their workspace, it is uncomfortable to be assigned to an empty desk on the first day. Be sure the new hire has a working computer and phone set up on their desk. Relevant office supplies should be stocked in the desk including a small number of business cards.

  3. Introduce new hires to other employees - Set up a meeting so current employees have a chance to meet the new hire and share information about their position within the company. This is also a great time to assign the new hire a mentor to have as a resource for any immediate questions that may arise.

  4. Set aside one on one time - For the first weeks, make time in your schedule to check in with new hires and see how they are doing. Determine if the position and the company is meeting their expectations. If not, fix what can be done differently. Knowing you value their input goes a long way in overall job satisfaction.

While there are several other strategies companies can add to their onboarding process, the aforementioned are a few that can have the most immediate impact. The faster you can make new hires feel like valued members of the team, the faster they can start becoming productive and contributing to the overall success of the organization.

 

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