When you are bringing a new hire into your organization, the goal should be to set them up for success so they can seamlessly integrate into their teams. The problem for many businesses, however, is that the onboarding processes they've put into place may not be as effective as necessary.
If you eventually find your current onboarding results leave something to be desired, the following tips should help you get back to a better, more effective process:
1) Start from the ground up
It will be helpful to reimagine onboarding from the ground up, according to the Society for Human Resource Management. That way, you don't get stuck adhering to any parts of the process that aren't really working for you. In the end, you may carry over some of the same steps, but they can be more fully integrated into something that is better overall.
2) Get them acclimated
One of the big mistakes companies make when onboarding someone is just throwing them into the deep end, especially if they're a seasoned veteran of the industry. However, because every company does things at least a little differently, you'll want to build in time for new hires to familiarize themselves with your unique processes.
3) Have their work space ready to go
Newly hired workers will likely want to be able to hit the ground running. So if you silo them off in a conference room or make them wait to get their own desk, that's an unnecessary impediment, according to Clear Company. If you know a new hire is coming in on a Monday, their own personal desk or work space should be ready to go first thing that morning.
4) Don't overload them with paperwork
One of the worst parts of being a new hire is having to spend the first day or two reading through and filling out stacks of paperwork. Anything you can do to digitize these processes and give workers the opportunity to complete vital paperwork quickly and easily will be appreciated.
5) Have a unique approach for remote workers
Today's work environment is normalizing the practice of hiring remote staff — who will need a completely different onboarding process, according to Sapling. You will need to make sure, however, that just because it's different from in-person onboarding doesn't mean it's a diminished or less welcoming experience.
6) Set up a buddy system
Finally, whether in-person or remote, new hires should have someone on their team to partner with, so they can always reach out with questions or concerns, Sapling noted. This will also help all involved develop bonds that can make them better teammates as time goes on.
Of course, there's more to good hiring practices than a great onboarding process. You also need to be confident that you've hired the right person for the job, and YES Partners can help with that. To see some of the roles that we have already successfully placed, click here.
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