New Employee Onboarding Expectations

Finding talented individuals for your business can be a challenge. Retaining new hires can be difficult as well. Many new employees decide within their first year whether they will stay with the company or move on to different opportunities. Employee turnover has a major effect on your company’s bottom line, so it behooves employers to implement an effective onboarding process.

Elements of a Successful Orientation Program

While some of the components outlined below may not seem vital at first glance, this is not the case to new employees. Meeting these expectations is a great way to start the company’s relationship with new hires.

Take a Tour

Socialization is a large part of a positive work environment. Take new hires on a tour of the office and introduce them to their new coworkers. The first day of a new job can be daunting. Meeting coworkers for the first time in the lunchroom can worsen this and make new hires feel isolated. Making new hires feel welcome and comfortable in their workplace goes a long way to retaining them for years to come.

Automate Paperwork

Sitting a new hire down in a cubical with a mountain of paperwork will not make the best first impression. Automating paperwork can help with this issue. Automated files can also help HR track and store the necessary information in an orderly fashion. In addition, automated onboarding can reduce the amount of time new hires spend filling out paper work and increase their focus on other elements of their new job.

Provide a Mentor

Having a meet-and-greet and reducing the amount of physical paperwork new hires have to complete is a good start to the onboarding process. However, there are better methods to retain new hires than leaving them to sink or swim after their first few days. Assigning new hires an experienced mentor can help them assimilate to their new role much faster. They may feel more comfortable asking questions about their new job to a seasoned peer than their new boss. This alleviates workplace anxiety and jitters.

Asking for feedback about your company’s orientation program can help you fine-tune the process. You can locate areas that are working well and where the program needs improvement. Having an effective onboarding process is a type of benefit that is widely appreciated, but rarely discussed. It also does not draw a lot of attention right away but builds loyalty over time. To learn more about what types of benefits give your company an edge over the competition, contact Chelten Consulting.

Overcoming the Boring Benefits Communication Barrier

There is a lot of information new hires need to know. Onboarding processes are notorious for being dull and resulting in many glazed eyes, lack of attention, and failure to absorb the necessary information. Reducing the duration of this process as well as improving the efficacy has two primary benefits. First, Human Resources (HR) is able to disseminate important information without wasting time. Second, companies can start seeing a faster return on investment from their new hire.

Revamping Orientation Programs

HR has the important but tedious task of communicating a vast amount of information to new hires: performance review procedures, the employee handbook, and so on. HR departments often send out newsletters or create PowerPoints to address this information. Even so, many employees fail to absorb it or cannot find what they are looking for later. To overcome this communication hurdle, HR should make their onboarding process:

  • Death by PowerPoint is alive and well among many HR new hire orientation programs. It is also ineffective. Visual presentations that are not-text-heavy are much more likely to capture an audience’s attention than slides overloaded with dense sentences.
  • Taking a holistic approach can show new hires how all of the information they are seeing relates. This type of approach can connect the dots to elucidate the larger picture.
  • Cross platform. Much of the advice for HR professionals recommends communicating information in small pieces so as not to overwhelm employees. While this may be true, HR departments should also take steps to house all of the information in an easy to access and search location. Employees should also be able to access the information from any device.

Chelten Consulting understands your company needs effective information distribution strategies. Making these changes can accelerate and improve new hire benefits communication. Contact us to ensure your business is using the most effective methods of communication.