New hires often feel insecure, uncomfortable, pressured, and eager to perform. And instead of providing a caring atmosphere and early recognition, many organizations want their new recruits to grow into true attack dogs in a matter of weeks with minimal training and enormous expectations.
Considering that 21% of Millennials have switched jobs in the last year, it’s clear that delivering outstanding onboarding is crucial for keeping quality workers in an ever-changing workforce.
Here are four essential tips to successfully onboard a new hire.
Determine the Most Effective Method of Onboarding
Effective onboarding requires first distinguishing between informal and formal onboarding. Even if you’re a startup, choosing the best strategy for your business should be simple.
This is a common workplace scenario: a new hire arrives on their first day to find everything a mess. They don’t have a designated desk. Their coworkers and managers hardly introduce themselves. Because their project manager hasn’t assigned them any tasks, they waste an hour attempting to come up with anything to do. Then they head home, expecting things to improve tomorrow.
The rest of the week goes on this way, with the new hire gradually picking up on the unwritten norms and practices of the office. The survival instinct kicks in, and they learn to adapt to their new surroundings. Their boss hasn’t acknowledged them in over a month. After a year, they either find a new job or adapt to the company’s culture, which was so unwelcoming when they first started.
The employee in this case has experienced the negative effects of informal onboarding. The term “informal onboarding” refers to when new employees are given little to no official guidance from their superiors or HR.
While some businesses can get away with this due to the nature of their industry, the vast majority should develop an onboarding strategy. Without it, it’ll be harder for new recruits to bond with one another and feel appreciated.
So you need to develop a robust onboarding strategy to streamline your onboarding process instead of just throwing your new hires into the fire. A healthy, happy staff and corporate culture might be the difference between uncontrollable turnover and a lack of formal onboarding.
Get to Know Your New Employee’s Needs
To create an effective onboarding strategy, you must first identify the needs of your new employees. The four primary pillars of your onboarding strategy should cater to the employee’s demands, from the most fundamental to the most complex. It’s common to refer to these factors as “The Four Cs.”
The Four Cs address a wide range of employee expectations, yet some businesses do a better job of putting them into practice than others.
Organize Your Future Efforts
You can’t expect your first-hire onboarding to go well if you skip the pre-work and go right into the new hire’s first day.
It’s the manager’s responsibility to ensure that the new employee’s first day goes off without a hitch. It’s easy to miss a step or two in the onboarding process if you don’t stop to think it through.
Imagine yourself as a teacher getting ready for the first day of school by setting up the classroom. Young kids don’t wait for a desk on their first day of class. They don’t have to learn how to operate the pencil sharpener on their own, fill out any paperwork, or start learning arithmetic right away.
Supervisors are responsible for coordinating with the human resources representative, front desk staff, and any other team members who need to meet with the new hire, as well as ensuring that the new hire has access to any necessary networks or security systems prior to the employee’s official start date.
Keep in mind that the more effort you put into a new employee’s warm welcome, the better impression you’ll make on them.
Foster and Promote Communication
The next phase of effective onboarding is to have new recruits concentrate on connection building, one of the Four Cs.
Their self-assurance and productivity at work depend heavily on their colleagues’ opinions of them. Furthermore, if individuals believe they’re developing meaningful relationships, they’re more likely to continue their participation.
Make sure they know the company’s structure and the dynamics of the workplace. It’s crucial to frame the introductions you make for new recruits so that they can showcase their genuine skills while talking about themselves to their new colleagues.
You should know by now that onboarding is a process that lasts a while. It’s also important to check in with your new recruits at critical points in their development. By following the steps in this article, you can guarantee that your new workers have the easiest transition possible and can start contributing to your business right away.