Often times, a company is so eager to fill a vacant position and get a new employee on the job that once a hire is made, little thought is given to ensuring a successful onboarding process. This is a major mistake. Without effective onboarding, it will take a new team member longer to get up to speed and help drive profits. Worse still, it can make a new employee feel unwanted and may lead to long-term disengagement with their work. A study from Gallup shows only 12% of employees believe their organizations do a great job of onboarding new employees. So how can your company do better? Here’s three easy ways, as laid out in a recent Inc. guest column by Adam Robinson, co-founder and CEO of Hireology:
1. Kick off the process before your new hire’s first day. Your new employee’s excitement is probably never higher than the moment they accept your offer, so strike when the iron is hot to ensure their enthusiasm remains high. Nothing is more boring than spending a first day on the job filling out essential paperwork and going over company policies, so share those documents with your new hire before their first day and then begin preparing for them to get to work on their first day.
2. Set up a detailed onboarding schedule. Now that your new hire is work-ready on their first day, have a plan in place for their first week, before they settle into their day-to-day role. Training sessions are one-on-ones with managers are a given, but don’t forget to make sure you include some activities that will introduce and engage your new employee with other team members across all departments.
3. Extend onboarding training beyond the first week. Think of your onboarding process like this: It’s never really over. A successful first week for a new hire only ensures a good start to the beginning of a second week, and so on. The ultimate goal is sustained employee engagement. So after the first week, continue offering your new employee the tools they will need to continuously learn, so they can grow in their careers—and drive profits for your company. Offers can include recurring lunch and learn session, formal training and certification courses, to name a few.