Onboarding Best Practices: Be Proactive and Engage

5 Steps You Can Take to Improve Your Onboarding Best Practices

Onboarding best practices should include engaging more thoroughly with new hires.If onboarding best practices aren’t an essential part of your human resources department, you’re probably missing out on ways to see improved employee productivity and retention.

Employee retention has never been more important, particularly with unemployment at record lows. If you have good employees, you want to keep them, and if you’re not properly onboarding them, it’s likely going to show in your retention rate.

1. Get Engaged

Communication skills are a must in today’s workplace environment. Employees need to be engaged, and it’s startling how many organizations aren’t taking proactive steps to achieve better engagement rates. Fostering a culture of engagement can improve attitudes, which is reflected in a more productive and happier workplace.

2. Assign Mentors

There was a time when the go-to strategy for learning the ropes of a position was to essentially throw the employee in the deep end and tell them to start swimming. That, in today’s environment, is a great way to build short-term employment. Rather, start a mentorship program that takes trusted and valued employees and teams them with new employees who will benefit through their teachings and help them to learn processes.

3. Apprenticeships

Can working with local high schools and community colleges really be a way to improve onboarding best practices? If you have an internship program already, think about how many of them have matriculated into full-time positions. An apprenticeship program is very similar, but you’re really looking to bring in people who have the right temperament and will, once they’ve completed their education, know where to go when it comes time to find gainful employment.

4. First Day Preparations

It’s surprising how many organizations fill that first day with a presentation from HR, followed by a long round of signing documents and going over benefits.

Your new hires, if they haven’t already, should meet with their supervisors and managers on the first day in the office. The paperwork should be taken care of before they set foot in the office, and their desk/work area should be prepped and ready for them. Schedule a lunch and have them meet their work partners/teammates. Finally, introduce them to the company through an email and open the door for others to say “hello” and “welcome to the team.”

5. Use the Predictive Index Method

It’s difficult to onboard people who don’t have the qualities that can make them a success in your workplace. Too often, people are brought in who don’t fit the company culture and no amount of onboarding is going to change that.

By utilizing the Predictive Index, you’re digging deeper into your job applicants’ behaviors and understanding what makes them tick. You’re able to unlock aspects about their workplace behaviors that a resume and interview can’t. At PI Consulting Group, we can navigate you through the process and give your onboarding best practices a productive boost. Contact us today and let’s discuss our methods, which are scientifically proven to work.