Onboarding new workers is an important step in the hiring process. It will help your new employees feel comfortable with their job, learn the ropes and get started on the road to success! The way you handle the onboarding process can make the difference between an employee who knows their job and feels comfortable with your company—and one who is confused, frustrated and unproductive (and who might decide to leave).
Three ways to onboard new hires more effectively
So, what can you do to make the first weeks of your new hire’s job smooth and as hassle-free as possible? Just follow these three tips:
- Prepare for their first day. Your new employee should enter the building and immediately feel you’re ready for them. So, to roll out the red carpet, have your new employee’s workstation set up and ready to go with all the paperwork and equipment they’ll need. This might include desk supplies, a computer, a phone, an employee handbook, tax forms and other necessary equipment. Let the rest of your staff know about the new person who’s starting and what their role will be with the company. This will help prevent suspicion and possible resentment. When the new worker arrives, introduce them to your team and explain how they’ll interact with all the unfamiliar faces.
- Explain the company culture. You’ve likely touched on this during the employee’s interview, but it should never be a surprise. From day one, debrief your new worker on all the finer details of your company culture—work atmosphere, what to expect at meetings, management style, organizational structure, even when and where staff generally take breaks. All this is information you may take for granted, but a new person would have no way of knowing about it without firsthand experience. Why not take the edge off and simply explain the ins and outs of how your company culture works?
- Set expectations. A new worker will have no idea of your performance expectations until you explain them. Once you’ve explained what their responsibilities are, it’s time to set guidelines they can follow to do a good job. This includes turnaround times, deadlines, accuracy of output, etc. Then, schedule regularly occurring 1:1 meetings with your new worker when you can catch up and review their progress. This will also give them time to ask questions.
Why it helps to work with a recruiter
Onboarding is a vital part of the hiring process and greatly impacts how well a new employee will do at your company. But it can be time-consuming. Many of the best staffing agencies offer onboarding services as part of their available resources. This is why your recruiter is a valuable partner in your overall staffing process.
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