While hiring a new team member often comes with loads of paperwork, it is also a unique opportunity to shape an employee into a great asset. Successfully onboarding and introducing workers to company values, practices and day-to-day activities can help ensure employees stay engaged and committed to their jobs during their tenure.
What is Onboarding?
Onboarding is the process of familiarizing new employees with the company culture, history, values and mission. This can include an introduction to ongoing projects, community activism, the business’ brand and current objectives. The training process can last up to one year from the worker’s hiring date. Read on for three tips for effectively onboarding new team members.
3 Tips for Onboarding New Team Members
- Prepare Their Space and Materials
Nothing is worse for a new employee’s morale than feeling like the company was unprepared for their arrival. Appearing flustered or as if training them is a burden, not knowing where they will sit or having incomplete paperwork packets can all make a new team member feel unwelcome at the company and may set them up for failure in the future. Before a new worker arrives, be sure to have all necessary forms ready and an area picked out that they can call their own.
- Introduce Them
Be sure to facilitate introductions between your new team member and existing co-workers; it’s a mistake to assume they will mingle on their own. Hold a conference room meeting and have everyone give a brief introduction to themselves and what they do at the company; this can save time later if the new employee needs to use them as a resource, and it can help your team become more cohesive.
- Assign a Mentor
Having a point person your new hire can go to with questions, concerns and requests for assistance can help improve the onboarding process. Assign a mentor who is available for the new worker and can speak to the employee’s job responsibilities.
Making a new hire feel welcome by introducing them to your staff, assigning them a mentor and giving them their own space can all help improve the onboarding process. For more tips on staffing and hiring, read additional articles on our blog or contact us today.