Onboarding new skills
Onboarding is a term frequently used by recruiters as well as employers. But what does it mean? In a brief description, the term is used to describe the process of getting a new employee up to speed with the new work environment and tasks that he/she will need to perform in their position. However, onboarding is an important process and if not done properly, businesses can see employees leaving their workplaces within the first year or two. To recruit another new candidate to fill that individuals place will inevitably cost the company even more. Onboarding is thus critical and can be seen as assisting a new person fitting into a group.
Tips for onboarding new employees
The first day is a very important day for the employee and employer. On this day everyone is aware of the new candidate and bearing in mind that it took a diligent process to recruit the employee, as an employer you want to make sure that the new employee is comfortable and that everything is done in the right order. Sometimes it is easy to overwhelm a new employee and this is something that should be avoided (depending on the type of job) as the new candidate may have his/her own initial stresses about the new work.
• Don’t overload the new employee with tasks on the first day – Onboarding is a process that takes time and delegating smaller amounts of work to the new employee will help them grasp the task better. The first few weeks is about adjusting to the environment and work for the new employee and by not overloading them will also help them be more productive.
• Don’t assume that the new employee knows it all – It’s easy to feel comfortable with your current staff that is already into the swing of things, and being of the assumption of throwing your new hire into the deep end can prove to be a terrible mistake. Not only will you make them feel insecure and inadequate but you could risk losing them soon. It is important to bear in mind that it will take more than one walk through for the new candidate to become accustom to all the jargon, colleague names and procedures, to name a few.
• Maintaining the process of onboarding – For optimum results employers must practice onboarding as part of an ongoing process as this will ensure a better environment and impact on the new candidate and business.
Benefits of onboarding successfully
It is safe to say that if you’ve managed to onboard your new hire successfully that there are many benefits you and the employee can enjoy as a team:
• Retain valuable talent
• Increase business growth
• Cultivate trust
• Establish good connections with the new hire
• It encourages better communications
One of the most effective methods of onboarding involves assigning a current and able employee to be available for the new person for the first month, together with an IT resource for any technical hitches. Often the gripes with a new job are small (such as software not working) and these are ironed out in hours or even minutes.
Plan onboarding well
Over the years, as a recruiter especially, I have seen how candidates arrive for their first day at work, only to find that the line manager wasn’t even aware they are starting that day. How can a company forge a strong relationship and psychological contract with a new employee if they are not even taking care of the first few days? Onboarding is very important and usually not given enough emphasis by a long shot. Make sure your company is effectively welcoming staff and merging new talent into how you do business. In onboarding, a little goes a very long way.