5 Ways to Make Onboarding Easier in Your Business
December 6, 2021 (Investorideas.com Newswire) Onboarding is a delicate process and can make or break the new hire experience. It's important that things go smoothly for both the employer and new employee alike. If a new hire gets a bad impression, they can be quickly looking for other opportunities once again.
Also, if their expectations aren't clearly laid out, bad habits can be formed before you can do anything about it. To make sure that doesn't happen, here's a few ways to make sure things are as smooth as possible.
Make Employees Feel Welcome
Hypothetically, this sounds obvious but when you've been shorthanded for an extended period of time, it's easy to want to rush someone through the onboarding process. Remember we are all people and first impressions are hard to shake.
Take it slow for their sake and make sure they are welcomed with open arms to ensure your company as a place they can see themselves long term.
Keep It Personal
It's business, but things don't have to feel cold for new employees. Make an effort to get to know them earlier while keeping it professional. Ask about where they are from and what their passions are outside of work.
Keeping up on what you discuss early on is a sure fire way to let them get comfortable because they'll feel like they are being listened to and cared about.
Automate What You Can
It's a way to save time and remove errors without the employee noticing or feeling like they are being rushed along so they are in position as soon as possible. Introducing an onboarding software will not only get through the process quicker but remove room for error.
Having the new employee feel like there are fewer hoops to jump through is sure to impress a new hire and give them a clear understanding of everything you're explaining during training. After all, no one is going to miss sitting at a desk for their first day and filling out forms.
Anyone would be happy to jump into the more exciting sections of the onboarding process.
Make The Culture Accessible
Many businesses would feel they have that special something that their employees wouldn't get anywhere else. Consider finding a way to prepackage that, while remaining authentic, so you have something to show your new employees on their first day
By showing the company's goals, visions, and plans for the future you'll allow for new hires to have a more clear vision of how they'll fit into your company in the long term.
Have Their Future In Mind
This is something to keep in mind for both the long term and short term, so consider having department heads (or the equivalent in your business' structure) creating an information sheet to be given out to new employees to let them know who to contact when and about what.
Have this created with their first few weeks in mind but also create something similar to know where they should be at the 30,60,90 day marks so they both know what to look forward to and what will be expected of them.
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