Creating a new hire onboarding plan will familiarize employees with the company's mission and goals early on. However, an onboarding plan goes beyond simple orientation and provides a comprehensive acclimation period to help new employees experience success early on. By supporting new employees as they embark on their first projects with the company, employers benefit by creating loyal employees that will stick with the company for a longer tenure.
Here are several steps for creating a new hire onboarding plan that will shorten the learning curve for your new employees:
1. Begin the onboarding process during the recruitment stage.
Onboarding needs to be linked to your company's branding strategy. Build an employer brand that people actually want to work for. Include useful information about your company in the Careers section on your website. Supplying this information will allow prospective hires to learn about your company prior to interviewing for the job. Your company will benefit by attracting candidates that are engaged in your organization's goals and culture, therefore making them more likely to be productive employees.
2. Dedicate time on day one to familiarize new hires with the workplace.
New hires are eager to impress their new bosses, so the last thing they're going to want to do is ask logistical details such as where the copier is located. On the other hand, throwing too many details at them at one time will make the information difficult to digest. Here are several questions that you should voluntarily answer for new employees on day one:
- Where should the employee park?
- Where are the restrooms?
- Which multifunction device should the employee use and how does it work?
- Where is the cafeteria and/or breakroom?
- Who should the employee talk to if questions come up?
As a best practice, assign the new employee a mentor that he or she can check in with throughout the first few weeks at the company.
3. Find opportunities to individualize the new hire onboarding process.
Consider the unique needs of each new hire and ask about his or her preferred management style. By finding ways to incorporate personal elements into the new hire onboarding process, you'll create engaged employees that feel they're making a contribution to the organization. Having an understanding of what motivates employees will also help you develop their career path within your company.
Using these guidelines will help you to develop a new hire onboarding plan so that you can attract and maintain the right talent for your company. Please contact us at Summerlin-Roberts to learn more about how to create an effective onboarding plan for your new hires.