According to IDC, U.S. and U.K. employees cost businesses approximately $37 billion each year due to a lack of understanding of their roles and requirements. Not only does employee onboarding reduce on-the-job learning costs, it also saves time on training, as well as increases morale and turnover. Remember these rules to work by for the optimal employee onboarding experience.
- Always have necessary paperwork ready. Any clerical work should be done before the employee’s first day, so they can spend their first day practicing their trade instead of signing forms.
- Give the employee your undivided attention. Orientation sessions are top priority when they are in session—and letting phone calls, emails, and employees distract you during those sessions gives the employee an “I don’t care” vibe.
- Provide a written plan of objectives and responsibilities. Everyone will be on the same page about responsibilities from day one.
- Encourage employees to work with their neighbors. Team exercises, projects that require collaboration from different departments, etc. are good ways to help employees acclimate with their surroundings and neighbors.
- Clarify the company culture. Cover all policies and information to avoid future confusion.
- Schedule one-on-one time. It is important to maintain a regular connection with your employee.
- Think beyond the first few days. Just because the employee is comfortably moved in doesn’t mean they lose priority. After about 90 days, give them a feedback request to make sure everything is still going smoothly.
Employee onboarding has a positive domino effect that leads to a productive, engaged atmosphere. By extension, the organization will be well equipped to continue progressing.