Helping Your Employees Unlock Their Potential Starts With Your Onboarding Process
What Your Onboarding Process is Missing
The onboarding process doesn’t have to be a negative experience. In fact, it should be enjoyable and informative without being too overwhelming. The process should be doing everything it can to help new employees become productive members of a team, but also develop a sense of loyalty to the organization.
The best onboarding process is one that personalizes the experience. That’s why an employee’s first day on the job should be about meeting colleagues and adjusting to the new surroundings, not filling out paperwork. Check out these other tips you can use to improve your onboarding process.
Get the Boring Stuff Covered Early
Nobody wants to sit in a human resources office for hours on their first day filling out paperwork, which is why you need to jump on that important (but boring) task before their first day. This is also an opportunity to reach out to them with information that will make them feel like they’re part of the team before they’ve even stepped foot in your workspace.
Send the paperwork to them electronically with a welcome letter that says how happy the company is to have them on board. Give them an itinerary of what to expect on the first day and whom they’ll be meeting. It can ease the first-day nerves and help them look forward to it.
Get Everyone Involved in the Long-Term Process
According to a study in the Harvard Business Review, onboarding isn’t a day or two or three in length anymore – it can go on for a year as new employees learn the ropes. For companies that develop excellent onboarding strategies that leave the length of the process flexible, higher retention rates are experienced and measurable profit growth is seen.
The study also says the first three to six months on the job are vital, as this is the period where the turnover is highest. Make sure you’re involving everyone who would possibly have contact with the new hire and give them the opportunities to mentor them.
The best onboarding strategies can only do so much if a new hire isn’t the best fit for the job. If you’re experiencing high loss rates in that crucial three to six month period, it could be a reflection of your hiring process.
By using the Predictive Index method, you can fine-tune the process to identify people who will be an excellent fit with your current employees as well as your overall company culture.
At PI Consulting Group, we’re recognized as Predictive Index experts who have helped many clients in various industries pinpoint the right people for specific roles. Furthermore, we’re able to assist clients in going beyond the onboarding process and identify the people who should be in line for leadership roles. Contact us and we’ll tell you how it works.