Onboarding can mean many things to different teams in various establishments. A typical onboarding process begins when a candidate accepts their offer, and ensures of a smooth transition for the employee entering the company.
Your employee onboarding should focus on welcoming your new starter warmly and making certain of their comfort. Here’s our guide to do doing just that:
Celebrate your new starter
Celebrating your new employee can be done firstly by making an announcement.
This could be done via email, in a meeting, or both. It is important to have your existing employees recognise the new hire - it not only shows your new employee your excitement of having them onboard, but it also alerts others that a new member has been onboarded and could potentially encourage implement their own personal welcome.
A celebration could extend to the likes of a welcome company lunch, or decorating the new starters desk with merchandise. Have fun with the celebration, but make sure your starter is comfortable.
Conduct an orientation
An orientation can include the likes of additional paperwork for the employee to complete, too giving a tour and rundown of the company. We highly recommend, if not done already, to show your new hire around the facilities, and introduce them to all colleagues and explain how they’ll potentially be working together.
Should you have multiple new hires starting in the same week, consider turning the orientation process into a group exercise. By doing so, new employees shall be given the opportunity to get to get acquainted early in the process. At the end of the orientation process, your new employees will have a few familiar faces they will recognise around the office helping them get accustomed quicker to their new job.
Delegate a mentor
It’s wise to pair your new employee with a mentor within their department - ideally a team member of a similar level and position to them (so that your new employee will feel more comfortable confiding in their mentor!). As a mentor, their role is to overlook the progress of the new hire, to give guidance and share tips.
Set up a refined feedback system
It’s imperative that you prolonging feedback from the employee. The most effective way to identify areas which need improvement in the onboarding process is to ask for a program assessment as soon as the new employee has completed their necessary training...
Make sure to ask the new hire if they identify any gaps in the onboarding process such as in the specific first-day activities to more general experiences during their first days on the job.
Your onboarding process plays a key role in your overall employee turnover factor, so it’s incredibly important to monitor its strong points and its flaw by collecting feedback.
If you’re looking for advice on how to perfect your onboarding process, or would like a professional eye cat over your entire recruitment timeline, get in touch with us here at EPQ Recruitment.