The success of a new employee often depends on how well they settle in during the early stages of their employment. A good onboarding process helps new employees to feel comfortable and be productive quickly. So what does a successful onboarding process involve, and how can you implement this for your business?
See below for our 3 top tips:
- Be Prepared
Make sure you’re ready for your new employee before their start date. Book induction meetings into their diary, set them up with initial tasks to complete and prepare a list of documents that they need to read.
An induction pack is a fantastic way of presenting this information to your new starters. It can show your employees what policies they need to familiarise themselves with, the names and job titles of colleagues in their team and important dates regarding their pay and probationary period.
Want to help your new employee get stuck in? Send them their HR and payroll forms to complete before their first day to help get some of the onboarding admin out of the way early. This will allow your new starter to focus on getting to grips with their role and getting to know members of the team.
- Meet the Team
Arrange a welcome meal as an icebreaker or invite your new employee to an upcoming work social to allow them to start building positive working relationships.
It doesn’t have to end there! To make sure your newbie feels looked after, why not introduce a buddy system? Volunteer buddies can introduce new starters to other colleagues, show them around the office (and the best places to go for lunch) and subtly remind them of people’s names when they forget. You could even arrange a ‘buddy brunch’ to help the two get to know each other better.
- Provide Feedback
It’s as simple as that: let your new starter know how they’re doing!
Starting a job can often feel like being a small fish in a large pond but providing both positive and constructive feedback to your employees from the beginning can help build confidence and productivity faster.
Try scheduling regular, bi-weekly reviews with your new employee right up until the end of their probation. It provides the opportunity for you to feedback on how they’re doing in their role, and them the chance to advise on how you can help them progress further.
Remember – the onboarding process isn’t just about your new employee’s first day or first week. Onboarding is an important process right up until the end of the probationary period, and it can make all the difference in the success of your organisation.
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