1. Plan Out Your Practices
Consistency is key when it comes to new hire onboarding. No matter what you decide to do with your new hires, make sure it's well documented and repeatable. Creating a new hire onboarding plan provides a base for your practices that can then be adjusted and refined over time. Keep in mind though, a well-documented practice doesn't have to mean a rigid practice.
2. Start early and see it through
Your onboarding practice should not be something that starts on the employee's first day and ends at when they clock out that afternoon. It takes time to adjust to a new work environment and by starting early and following through you can give your new hire's the best chance to adapt successfully. Consider the different phases a new employee will go through and tailor your practices accordingly.
3. Open a dialogue with your new hires
There's no one-size-fits-all solution to new hire onboarding. Try to accommodate to each individual's needs as much as possible while sticking to your plan. Different employees will have different concerns and the only way you can find out what's working and what's not is by talking to them. It may seem like more work, but in the long run it pays off. A well-integrated employee is more likely to stick around.
4. Provide continued guidance in the form of a mentor
Having a single point-of-contact can do a lot to ease the transitional burden on a new employee. Seek out positive, engaged and experienced employees who are willing to act as mentors to your new hires. These mentors can give your new hires guidance on company procedures. A new employee may feel too intimidated to open up to their superiors, so it's good to have a peer they can seek out with questions and concerns.
5. Follow up with your new hires
The process of adapting and integrating into a new company environment takes time. Even after it seems your new employee has adjusted, it's best to follow up and make sure there are no lingering concerns. This kind of continued engagement will reflect well on you and your new employees will surely appreciate it.
6. Collect information and refine your process
You rarely hit a homerun on your first swing. It's important to keep tabs on how your new employees are adjusting and how effective your new hire onboarding process is. Using this information you can spot weak points in the process and make adjustments as necessary. Any business practice that isn't flexible and continually improving will be dead in the water soon enough.
Starting work at a new place can be difficult for everybody, but using these tips you can streamline the process. At Summerlin-Roberts we provide new hire onboarding services that help new employees understand their benefits and make the decisions that are right for them. A well-informed employee is a happy employee, so contact us at Summerlin-Roberts today.