How Onboarding Best Practices Improve Productivity
Make the First Impression Count With Onboarding Best Practices
There is a window of opportunity that employers need to recognize when it comes to their new employees. It’s a window where the new hire is excited to learn about their new position, doesn’t know a whole lot about the company yet and are in a prime position for a positive onboarding experience. So, what onboarding best practices should you follow?
The problem with this window of opportunity is that it’s quite narrow, which means your new employee can become disengaged quickly if you’re not doing the right things. It’s that initial impression that can be long lasting, so you want to make it a good one.
Most employers want to get the most out of a new hire, so they’ll try to hit the ground running by sharing all the information they need to do their job well at once. However, onboarding best practices don’t include this type of rigorous training for a good reason – you need to connect with them on an emotional level first.
Instead of focusing solely on legal documents and various workplace behavior rules and regulations, take some time to share the history and values of the organization. Give them the big picture vision that will shape the future of the company and work in how each individual will be part of that vision. Some companies will even produce videos featuring exemplary employees and how they fit the culture of the company.
One of the biggest problems organizations face when attempting to develop onboarding best practices is they neglect not only the emotional connection component, but also what personality and work-related behaviors each individual coming into the company holds. Without knowing what makes a person react in a variety of situations means you’re not going to be able to connect to them.
With a successful onboarding best practices strategy, you should include a behavioral assessment. This not only gives you the upper hand in working toward emotionally connecting with the individual, it also gives you insights into their work-related behaviors, which means you’ll know with whom they will work well on teams, and you can see any leadership potential, which means you can begin grooming them for management from day one.
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