Onboarding Practices For New Employees

Onboarding Practices For New Employees

Effective Onboarding practices are among the most crucial tools companies can use to ensure their new employees are successful andhappy. Unfortunately onboarding best practices are not always put into action, and the lack of effective onboarding oversight often results in a disengaged, less productive worker. MTM Recognition is a big believer in employee recognition, but there are some very important steps you should take from the very beginning.

Why are effective onboarding practices so crucial? It’s not complicated: A new employee’s first day on the job is often his or her first close look at your company’s culture, coworkers, and management.

Think about it this way: Employees might consider the interview process to be the time for them to make a lasting first impression on you. But once the hiring process is complete, it’s your turn to make a good impression on them — and effective employee onboarding practices are the way to ensure your new employee will be feeling great by the end of day one.

Onboarding Best Practices for New Employees: The Important Bits

  • Be ready.
    Have all the HR paperwork ready for your new employees to fill out. Have
    a workstation ready, including a phone with a working voice mailbox and a
    computer with all the software installed that they’ll need to do their jobs — and
    do it before they arrive.
  • Be clear.
    Make absolutely sure you lay out your new employee’s responsibilities, so
    that he or she has a clear idea of what’s expected. Uncertainty and confusion
    are antithetical not just to productivity, but to happiness. Eliminating these
    whenever possible improves things for everyone. (And if your company has an
    employee recognition program, what better time to bring it up?)
  • Meet and Greet.
    Introduce your new employee to his or her coworkers, and make sure other
    employees know about the new person: What their job duties are, how their
    jobs will interact, and how they might benefit from each other’s presence.
    Consider an informal lunch out with the new hire, to get your employees
    together in a less formalized setting.
  • Schedule one-on-one time.
    Connecting regularly with your new hire is a vital part of the onboarding process.
    It gives you a chance to gauge how they’re getting along, answer any questions
    they might have, and give them the feedback employees crave when starting a
    new job. It also reinforces the idea that you value ongoing communication.

Traits of successful onboarding programs

Successful onboarding programs share similar traits:

  • They Introduce: Introducing new employees to your corporate culture is key.
  • They Connect: Again, setting up a series of future one-on-one meetings sends
    the message that your employees’ input and well-being is important to you.
  • They Nurture: Your employees need to know that they are appreciated and
    valued beyond day one.

Effective employee onboarding serves three interrelated purposes. First, it ensures that the new hire feels welcomed, comfortable, prepared, and supported. This leads to the new hire’s ability to make an impact within the organization, both immediately and over time. Finally, employee success leads to satisfaction and retention, which allows the organization to continue to meet its mission.

A satisfied employee is the kind you’ll eventually be buying retirement gifts for. Learn how to keep your employees satisfied and engaged from their first day on the job — call  for expert Employee Onboarding consulting 1-877-686-7464 or contact us.