What Are You Doing to Improve Onboarding Best Practices?
Developing a Strategy for Onboarding Best Practices
The learning curve for onboarding new hires, while it might be different for each individual company and each employee, it’s a reality and it can be a hindrance to productivity. This period of the employee’s career with your company is very important. Here are a few things you can do to improve onboarding best practices:
Document a plan. As with most strategies, the ones that are well documented generally turn out as the most successful. This plan should include all the steps you want your employees to go through when they begin working with you. Make adjustments over time to improve on what you’re learning about how your employees adjust to the new environment.
Slow and steady wins the race. If you want to put more stress on your new employee and squelch their learning capabilities, overload them with information. Instead, let them warm up to the environment. Get to know them and introduce new tasks when they’re comfortable and ready.
Communicate. The onboarding process shouldn’t be all about you talking to them and telling them what to do. Open a dialogue and encourage an exchange where they can ask questions, or even make comments. This accomplishes at least two things:
- They become better informed about the company and their tasks.
- They realize that you care about their opinions and what they have to offer.
Be consistent. Onboarding best practices often include putting one person in charge of the onboarding process. By doing this you’re offering a line of consistency with every new hire. Make sure this person is training everyone on the basics first, setting expectations and establishing firm footing for future training.
Focus on behavioral assessment. It only takes a few minutes, but a behavioral assessment can help determine your employees’ behavioral pattern. This will help you understand what drives them, the types of positions in which they will excel, and uncover valuable insights into how they prefer to be managed.
You might think you know exactly where they should be by glancing at their resume and interviewing them, but there are many cues that are hidden that can only be revealed through a behavioral assessment. Not all employees, even if their resumes and experience are almost identical, thrive under the same type of management and/or position. You can even develop productive teams by pairing them according to their behavioral assessment results.
PI Consulting Group has developed scientifically validated assessment software that will unleash the potential of all of your employees. We have used our solutions to assist clients in developing emerging leaders, build effective teams and hire and retain the best talent available to them. Do your employees share your values? Can your teams resolve conflict effectively? Do you know how to identify the people in your company that have leadership abilities? Contact PI Consulting Group and let’s find out.