You’ve taken the time to hire a great new employee, but your work has only just begun. Even the most seasoned professionals won’t realize success on your team without a proper onboarding process.
No two companies are the same, so you need to show each new employee the ropes. If you leave them to their own devices, they’ll likely feel lost and undervalued, which will almost certainly cause them to start looking for a new job immediately.
5 Tips for Onboarding Success
Create a Formal Training Program
Make sure each new hire receives a thorough introduction by formalizing a training program across the board. Set company-wide onboarding objectives, mandate regular performance reviews, and require managers to create a development plan for each person — but more on that in a bit.
Setting specific parameters for the new hire introductory phase ensures no one falls through the cracks. Each manager has their own way of welcoming new employees, but this organizational standard guarantees everyone will start with a solid foundation.
Make It Personal
Certain aspects of your onboarding process should be standard procedure for everyone, but the entire program can’t take a one-size-fits-all approach. Each one of your new hires is unique. People are coming in at different stages in their career, in different departments of the company, with different learning styles.
Consequently, each new employee needs a training plan made exclusively for them. Have each manager work with their new hire to create a strategy customized to fit their needs.
Develop a 30-60-90-Day Plan
The development plan mentioned earlier should be a key step in every onboarding process. New hires aim to please, but they’re not mind readers. Get everyone on the same page by creating a 30-60-90 day plan that clearly lists what you expect from them during their first three months on the job. This will allow them to work more independently and know exactly where they stand, so they don’t constantly have to wonder if they’re progressing as expected.
Assign a Mentor
Getting acquainted to a new job takes time. Adjusting to an entirely new work environment inevitably causes new hires to have plenty of questions, so ease the pressure by assigning a long-time staffer to serve as their mentor. This employee can show them the ropes and be their point person on questions they don’t want to bother the boss with — i.e., how long most people take for lunch or trouble logging into an online portal.
The quality of your onboarding program plays a major role in your new hire success rate, so ask them to provide input on their experience. Many new hires won’t feel comfortable giving their honest opinion, but they will be more candid in an anonymous online survey. Use the results to see which processes are working and which ones need a little fine-tuning.
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