Creating a successful onboarding program takes time, but is essential in order to engage new hires in the company. Most new employees are still deciding if they want to stay with the company during the first year and in some cases, might still be job searching during that time. For this reason, and because of the high cost to recruit and hire new employees, it is important to ensure that you have an onboarding program and that it’s a successful one.
Below are a few things you should consider when putting together your onboarding program.
- Create a clear plan
Start with a well thought out plan on what needs to be done to make a new hire feel welcome in your company. A good way to do this is to put everything on a timeline that aligns with your company’s policy on reviews and probation as well as key things to do to make your new employee feel welcome. We’ve put together this handy checklist to help make sure you have everything needed to create a solid onboarding plan.
- Extend the learning window to 6 months
Everyone learns at different paces and starting a new job can be an intimidating experience. To make your employee feel welcome and eager to get caught up to speed on their new role, extend the time for them to learn how to do their job to 6 months. This will take off some of the pressure and allow them to focus on learning their role and learning it well, thus increasing their productivity and reducing the time it takes to get them to the expected productivity level.
- Provide early career support
Whether it’s setting up a mentor system or offering online learning, providing your new hire with support early in their career with your company can go a long way. It shows that you are invested in the company as well as in them individually. By encouraging them along their career path, you greatly reduce the risk of a new hire leaving the company prematurely.
Providing an engaging and informative orientation to your company is essential to retaining new hires. This is the perfect opportunity to introduce them to your culture and norms and educate them on how the company operates. It also is a great way to introduce them to their team and let them start building up a social network within the company.
By creating a strong onboarding program and quickly initiating your new hires into your company, you not only welcome them and make them feel comfortable, you also provide incentives for them to invest in the company and become productive and engaged employees.