1. Get current employees involved
It's important that your current employees be involved in the onboarding process. Take some time to introduce the new arrival before they even start work. You can send out an announcement via email or even do it in person. Just give your employees a quick rundown of the new hires role in the company and encourage them to be welcoming. This will make the new employee's first day a bit less awkward for everyone.
2. Make sure their desk is set up on the first day
An employee's workstation is a crucial element in their success. A new employee arriving on their first day only to find that they don't have what they need to begin work is demotivating and it will certainly send a bad impression of your company. This includes things like necessary software, an employee email, a company phone number. Whatever they need to begin work should be ready and waiting on day one, or even earlier in some cases.
3. Arrange for a more personal introduction with their colleagues
Developing functional workplace relationships is key to success, so consider arranging some sort of group outing for the new employee shortly after they begin working. This could be an employee lunch, an after-work outing, or anything you can think of to break the ice and allow the new employee to relate to their coworkers on a more personal level. An employee who feels valued both personally and professionally is going to be a more effective worker and will be much more likely to stick it out at your company.
4. Allow a lot of time for training
The worst thing you can do to a new employee is drop them into the workplace with no training. Although an extensive training program may mean they are getting less real work done at first, it will improve the quality of the work and allow the employee to adjust to the speed of your workplace comfortably. An employee who is immediately overwhelmed is going to become stressed out. Stress leads to burnout, and burnout means you're probably going to have to start the whole process over with another new employee.
5. Check in every month
New hire onboarding doesn't stop after they have finished training and begin work in earnest, it's important that you continue to check in every so often. Checking on their progress in monthly increments is an effective way to do this. Even if the employee seems to be adjusting perfectly fine and they don't need further help, you can use these check ins to find out what they liked and what they didn't like about your onboarding practices. You can then use this knowledge to evaluate and refine your practices even further.
At Summerlin-Roberts we work with you to develop effective onboarding practices that attract and retain the talent your business needs to thrive. Contact us today to find out more about what we can do for your business.