Onboarding New Employees for Maximum Success

Onboarding New Employees
Image: Christian Guthier

Onboarding eases the transition into a new job.  Starting a new job involves meeting new people.  New employees must learn new places.  They develop new skills.  They learn to adapt to new expectations.  New hires often feel uncertain about what to do.  They are often uncertain about how well they fit in with the other people.

To quote Jennifer King at Software Advice™, “The first weeks on the job for any new hire are overwhelming.”

Onboarding accelerates performance growth.  Through onboarding, new employees develop loyalty and confidence.

The onboarding process tells new hires three things.

“Here is your job.”

“Here is how you do it.”

“You have everyone in the company to support you in your success. “

Onboarding benefits the hiring company.

  • New employees have a better understanding of the company.
  • Onboarding creates a more meaningful connection for employees with their work.
  • New employees become better members of teams. They feel they are part of the organization.
  • There is reduced turnover.
  • Through increased understanding, there is better communications throughout the company. New employees understand the company communications.

Each new hire should have a trainer.

  • Trainers help new employees connect.
  • They introduce the new employees to other employees.
  • The new employee feels welcome and engaged. They feel like of a member of the company.
  • Trainers explain the duties and tools for the job.
  • They explain the expectations of the company.
  • They explain how to do the job.
  • They teach the new employee their well-defined role.
  • They set up a place to for the new hire to work.

Supervisors play an important role during onboarding. The first week, the supervisor gives direction on what to do. The first 90 days, the supervisor focuses on skills development.

The human resources department is important in onboarding.

  • They give new employees a job description.
  • They help new people complete paperwork.
  • They explain the company benefits. They enroll new employees in benefit programs. They explain that the benefits grow with the time.
  • They have new people sign any documents. They protect the company for non-disclosure and patent agreements.
  • They give new employees with an organization chart. Onboarding employees can see that they are part of a company. They can see their purpose in the company.

The human resources department conducts orientation. These sessions are one-on-one or in groups. The orientation shows the company’s products or services.  During orientation, new employees learn the location of the company offices, warehouses, manufacturing facilities, meeting rooms, and equipment.

All of this information creates commitment.  Things become clear for onboarding employees. The onboarding employees see that they are a member of an effective, well-organized company.

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