You’re hiring a new team member. How exciting! The steps you take next will be extremely important in setting the tone for not only their experience with your business but your business’ experience with them. Here are 5 best practices for effective onboarding.
Reach Out Ahead of Time
No new hire wants to show up surprised on day one. That’s why it’s so important to communicate with them in some way prior to their start date! Send a welcome email saying how excited the team is to have them on board. You might even close the message by restating the date, time, location, and dress code for their first day. You can never look over-prepared, and this will show your new employee that you are on the ball!
Set the Tone
It’s the big day for your new hire! They have prepared in any way they can…but have you? To be as efficient as possible in your onboarding process, you should create an itinerary for their first couple of days. Maybe even the first entire week. For bonus points, you might even send this in their welcome email so they really know what’s going on. Along with your itinerary, provide any resources they may need such as access to the handbook, etc.
Meet and Greet
It’s intimidating to come into a brand new place with brand new people. We’ve all been there, right? Let your team know when to expect your new team member and plan some way to introduce everyone. Try organizing a team lunch on their start date, one on one meet and greets, or one big introductory meeting depending on the size of your team! If you have a large team, you might just gather a group of individuals that will work the most with your new hire.
Spread Out Paperwork
Filling out paperwork for hours on end, day after day is NOT the best way to get your new hire excited about your organization. They will likely be overwhelmed already with all of the new faces, information, and responsibilities. Space out the paperwork across your itinerary for the first few days. Trust us!
Ask for Feedback
When your new hire is finally onboarded, ask them about their experience. Let them know that their honest feedback is critical in bettering the process for new team members to come. Some great ways to do this include one on one meetings with management or a simple question and answer form.
We hope you were able to take away some valuable tips for effective onboarding! For more on professional development and career advancement, visit our blog at https://elamant.com/media-blog/.