The Onboarding of New Employees—5 Practical Tips

Posted March 25, 2022 by in Career
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Did you know that labor force participation is up to the highest rate since the beginning of the pandemic?

Workers who took a break from their jobs during the pandemic to care for family or go back to school are reentering the workforce. However, their expectations of employers are higher than they’ve ever been.

One way to set your new employees up for success is in how you handle the onboarding of new employees. These processes can make or break the experience for new hires, either giving you an engaged worker for years to come or making you go back to the hiring drawing board six months from now.

If you’re looking for employee onboarding advice to ensure that your processes are both engaging and successful for new hires, read on for some employee onboarding tips and tricks:

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1. Begin Before Day One

Many employers start an employee’s first day with tons of paperwork. Tax forms, company policies, and onboarding manuals are just a few of the many documents that employees are expected to read and complete on the first day. Sounds boring just thinking about it, right?

Instead, provide these materials to your new hires approximately a week before their start date. Offer them the option to sign paperwork and review company policies electronically. That way, you can spend their first day on more interpersonal and engaging activities.

2. Start With Team and Company Culture

To be successful in their role, your new hire needs not only to perform their job functions, but also to get along with their teammates and your company culture as a whole.

Use the first couple of days to thoroughly introduce your new teammate and existing teammates to each other. Provide opportunities for them to build relationships and develop a thorough understanding of your office culture.

It may seem counterintuitive to start with this as opposed to the specifics of the job your employee will be performing. However, investing in relationship-building upfront will actually boost your employee’s productivity. As they get into the actual responsibilities of their position, they’ll have teammates to connect with as they come across questions instead of trying to tough it out alone.

3. Build Specific Milestones Over Time

Work with your new hire to set up goals for their first week, their first month, and their first quarter on the job. Building these collaboratively gives your employee an immediate opportunity to take ownership over their role. It also ensures that you both are on the same page about what your employee’s focus should be throughout their onboarding process.

4. Communicate Often

Too many managers assume that onboarding ends after the employee’s first week of work. Learning a new role and workplace takes time, and your employee will likely still have questions even months into their new role.

Set up regular meeting times to check in and offer support and guidance to your new employee. Encourage them to bring questions to you, no matter how long they’ve been in the role.

5. Adopt a Learner’s Mindset

Developing good onboarding practices requires continuous improvement. Take time to read blogs and news articles about best practices for structuring employee onboarding. Sign up for one of the many courses for employee training available online.

Invest in your employees’ training, and they’ll invest in your team and your company.

Take Your Onboarding of New Employees to the Next Level

Follow these employee onboarding tips, and you’ll be well on your way to developing a plan that helps your new employees feel supportive and comfortable from day one. Building this level of intention into your onboarding of new employees is hard work, but the benefits you’ll reap are well worth the initial cost.

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