Anything but a formality, your onboarding process is a new hire’s introduction to the team. If all goes well, they’ll likely feel confident they made the right choice in accepting the job. However, if the process is confusing and offers little value, there’s a good chance they’ll be out the door in no time at all.
Being transparent with new employees gets everyone on the same page from the start. This sets the tone for a tenure filled with mutual respect. Here’s a few ways to make this happen.
4 Tips to Make Your Onboarding Process More Transparent
Give New Hires a Schedule
No one likes to be left in the dark. Keep new employees in the loop by providing them with a schedule of onboarding activities they’ll be expected to complete. This might come in the form of a 30-60-90 day plan tailored to the specific needs of each position. Giving new hires this schedule will allow them to be informed and engaged from the start.
Explain the Purpose of Activities
Keeping new hires busy with valuable training exercises is important, but make sure they understand why they’re completing them. You know the purpose for these exercises, but if they don’t, they might feel like they’re doing busywork. Explaining the reason behind any activities that could be unclear can keep new employees from feeling unfulfilled.
Make Your Expectations Clear
No matter how talented your new hires are, they can’t read your mind. These people are eager to make a great first impression, so they’ll become frustrated if they don’t understand exactly what you want from them. You might not need to go into much detail with seasoned staffers, but new employees are just learning the ropes. In this case, it’s best to be as specific as possible when explaining what you want them to do.
Provide Regular Feedback
Getting acclimated to a new job can be very stressful. Ease the pressure by scheduling regular one-on-one meetings to check in with new hires. Let them know what they’re doing well and — gently — offer tips for improvement. Knowing where they stand will increase their level of job satisfaction.
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