23 January 2023

On-boarding new hires effectively – Why it matters!

Author - Sharyn Kane, Recruitment Consultant, Nexus Talent

Many companies have permanently shifted to hybrid or remote work models, which presents new challenges when on-boarding new hires. As companies adapt to new hiring needs, it’s more important than ever to ensure that new hires are effectively on-boarded into their new roles, especially if they are working remotely.

Effective onboarding can have a significant impact on a new hire’s experience and success within the company. It helps to reduce the time it takes for new hires to become productive and engaged members of the team, and it can also improve employee retention and engagement.

So, how can you ensure that your on-boarding process is effective?

Here are a few tips:

Start the process before the first day

Before a new hire even steps foot in the office, you can start the on-boarding process by sending out information about the company and the role, as well as any necessary paperwork. This will help to set expectations and ensure that the new hire is prepared for their first day on the job.

Plan for the first day

The first day on the job can be overwhelming for new hires, so it’s important to have a plan in place for how to orient them to the company and their new role. This can include giving them a tour of the office (if they are not remote), introducing them to their team, and providing them with any necessary training or information.

Assign a mentor or buddy

One effective way to help new hires feel comfortable and connected to the company is to assign them a mentor or buddy. This is someone who can answer their questions, provide them with guidance and support, and help them to navigate the company culture.

Continuously check in and provide feedback

On-boarding should not be limited to the first days or weeks; it should be a continuous process. Provide regular check-ins, feedback, and assessments to help new hires understand how they are progressing and what they need to do to improve.

Make sure they know the company culture

One of the most important parts of the on-boarding process is introducing new hires to the company culture. Let them know what the company values and what kind of behaviour is expected. Show them the code of conduct and the norms of communication.

Encourage engagement and participation

Encourage new hires to participate in company events, meetings, and other opportunities to get to know their colleagues. It can be helpful for them to have a sense of belonging to the team.

Engage remote employees effectively

If the new hires work remotely or in a hybrid role, you may need to adapt your on-boarding process to ensure they feel connected to the team. This can include providing virtual office tours, hosting virtual team-building activities, and setting up regular virtual check-ins. Remote employees may also appreciate receiving a welcome package in the mail with company swag and information.

Right technology

It’s also essential to ensure that remote or hybrid employees have the right technology, equipment and communication tools to help them stay connected and productive. Provide them with resources and support to make their home office setup as comfortable and efficient as possible.

On-boarding new hires effectively can be a lot of work, but it’s well worth the effort. By taking the time to ensure that new hires are well-prepared, supported, and engaged, you can help them to be more successful in their new roles and make a more positive impact on the company, regardless of where they are physically located.

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