Landing a new job can be exciting – and also life-changing! When you hire someone, you are opening a new chapter for them, which means you should strive to make the onboarding experience as easeful as you can, while setting your new hire up for success.
Going into your onboarding process with a plan is crucial so it can be executed well. In the long run, a good onboarding process will be cause for good employee retention numbers in your company and will save you time and money.
1. You Need to Keep Everything in Order.
Hiring someone new calls for a lot of paperwork and information collecting. Onboarding software can help alleviate the stress of this by gathering this information in one place, and disseminating it where it needs to go, be it payroll or to certain bosses and managers.
This is information that can also be sent digitally ahead of time so that the first active day in office is not spent slaving over paperwork.
Additionally, the software can give the employee information they will need to reference throughout their time at the job, such as a handbook, healthcare summary, or retirement benefits. The ability to pursue this at will is a benefit to your new hire.
Going digital in this way will help allocate time spent to more hands-on experiences.
2. It Sets People Up For Success
An effective onboarding process will give employees all the tools they need to get the job done, and done well. This could mean specific trainings, opportunities for growth down the line, or tangible supplies and tech products they need to make their day-to-day life easier.
3. It Helps Maintain and Enrich the Company Culture
Onboarding is one way for a new hire to get a taste of the company’s culture. It helps to highlight the businesses mission and values, as well as what sets it apart from others in its field.
It sets a precedent for what the employee can expect in the early stages, when they are most open to a new way of doing things within their new position.
4. It Promotes Teamwork
Getting people involved in the onboarding process can help promote long-term teamwork. Make sure your process forges valuable connections with your new hire and those they will be working with closely.
These personal connections can help both the new hire and current employees feel enriched professionally and personally. It may also help a new hire see a path forward within the company if they are looking to move up in skill set. If they feel they need to look for a new job at any point in the future, they may be more inclined to stay within the company.
5. It Keeps Managers Accountable
Having a finite process that includes feedback and having the manager actively walk an employee through their duties will help with continuous improvement of the way the company operates.
It helps managers form a connection to employees and learn to value their feedback, to ensure everyone is on task.