In today’s dynamic workplace environment, effective onboarding plays an important role to make the employee understand the objective of the work and to get employees up to speed and productive at a much faster pace while ensuring the new hire is happy and satisfied in their new position. Onboarding plans are intended to make new employees familiar with the overall goals of a company and support them as they embark on early projects all in an effort to achieve the perception of success (and productivity) quickly.
The ultimate payoff is to reduce turnover and encourage workers to stay with an organization for a longer tenure. Onboarding doesn’t begin on the first day but it begins way prior to that which actually begins during the recruitment and hiring process. Experts suggest that a company or a firm should begin the orientation process before a candidate is formally hired by including ample information about the company’s workplace and culture in the Careers section on the company’s website. That way, the company are more likely to attract candidates who are more engaged with the company’s goals and culture and are more likely to become highly productive employees.
There are several steps in delivering a successful new hire onboarding program:
1. Provide Early Career Support– Acclimating a new hire to your company should begin the moment you offer them the position, and the process should continue for a full year after they start work. You can begin the absorption process right from the day that you give the offer by pre-boarding your new hire.
2. Deliver an Orientation to Your Culture and Performance Values– Using employee work stories such as ones demonstrating integrity related to business practices and/or engagement with community organizations can be a really powerful and memorable way to teach organizational culture.
3. Offer Insight into Your Strategic Position, Intent, and Direction– Your new hires view their new job as a step toward their personal goals and success. Onboarding is a journey and your new hires need to feel that they’re an important part of that journey. You can motivate your employees by mapping out clear milestones that allow them to see what the next steps are in the journey.
4. Plan activities that enable your new hire to build beneficial relationships– A new hire may not know who to turn to if they want to share an idea or have questions about their role and specific processes. Being confident and fitting in at a new company means not just having a mentor, but also having friends and peers to interact with. This means actually having someone there to be supported every step of the way. Your new hires will perform at much higher levels when they have strong interpersonal networks.
Research has supported that onboarding can have a dramatic effect on job performance and satisfaction, organizational commitment, and retention. If onboarding starts at the right time, it helps in attracting and retaining top talent, engage employees early on, boost business growth, build trust and alignment, forges connections with employees, encourages open communication and decreases turnover.