As summer comes to an end and everyone’s schedule gets hectic with school, fall activities and new work projects, finding ways to simplify and focus at work are a must! There are countless tips out there for enhancing your employee onboarding process (think employee retention), but here is a quick “cheat sheet” to make sure you’re doing the big things–and a few little things–that make the process easy and effective.
Complete New Hire Paperwork…Painlessly
Just like starting school or with any new job, there are a lot of forms to be filled out. Going paperless will help you get through these quickly and easily. Onboarding software makes this process streamlined and painless for all involved.
Ready New Hire Workstation…Before The First Day
When a new employee arrives, make sure they feel at home with their work area, not just sitting in an empty cubicle. Have office supplies ready and laptop and any other hardware already set up so that they are not just sitting around watching you get these items together. This will show that you are excited about their arrival to the team!
Inform Staff About The New Hire…All Staff
Make sure every member of your staff–regardless of role–is aware of the new hire’s arrival. Encourage interaction and support of the new hire so that they will feel part of the team immediately. This will be a positive for everyone. The sooner a new hire is comfortable and acclimated, the more efficient the organization can be!
Welcome New Hire To Your Organization…Social, Fun
Be fun! And be yourselves! Host a carry-in lunch, or order in bagels the first day to help break the ice. You want the new hire to enjoy open conversations (this is easy to do over food!), rather than feel bombarded with inquiries. Also, invite current employees to celebrate the new hire via company social media pages. They can post with fun hashtags #newhire !
Provide Ongoing Support…Resources to Thrive
Resources for learning the job in the first few weeks, as well as for continued professional development, are vital for new hires. Also, have a plan of attack for the training period, and be able to provide an outline or schedule of this plan to the new hire. They will feel more at ease with what to expect during the first few weeks. And after the first few weeks, be sure to keep new hires informed of opportunities for continued improvement through professional development and job evaluations.
Hopefully this list helps you do the bigs things (and a few small things) to effectively onboard new employees. Great onboarding will lower costs and boost moral within your whole organization, so it’s worth your investment.