It’s a little insane how much time and effort we spend trying to recruit the right people, and then how easily we blow it with them as soon as they step through the door. While there are countless scenarios you need to plan for, here are seven of our most important reminders to ensure that the new people on your team want to stick around.
put “need to know info” at a convenient, regularly updated online location.
Post new employee orientation schedules, materials, benefits forms, and an extensive FAQ about the company in a location that is accessible to new hires from a welcome e-mail before their first day on the job. By providing some information in advance, you eliminate a common source of new hire angst.
don’t have an employee start during a week when their direct manager is either out of town or busy with a project deadline.
This will give the new employee a feeling of being disconnected and will leave them with too much time on their hands to sit in their office and stare at the four walls.
plan who your new hire meets in their first few days strategically.
The employees you want the new hire to be learning from are friendly, positive about the organization, and happy with their work. You want your new hire to learn from your best employees as they will pick up on good habits.
don’t keep your new employee waiting around on their first day.
The worst thing to do is to leave them standing in the lobby for a half hour while reception staff tries to figure out what to do. Have a plan for welcome your new hire and make them feel like part of the team. Show them around, introduce them to their coworkers
leverage the technology available to you.
Although there is no replacing personal interactions, some onboarding messages can be delivered effectively using computer-based simulations and e-learning. Take advantage of any webinars, training videos and programs to get your new hire up to speed efficiently.
show your new hire how things are done.
Every workplace comes with its own set of rules and regulations, nuances and traditions. For example, if your organization observes a casual Friday rule, make sure the new hire knows this before showing up at the office on their first Friday in a neatly-pressed suit.
don’t burn them out too fast.
Get your new hire started on a worthwhile project quickly, but don’t put so much pressure on them to juggle a million tasks at once that they get overwhelmed.
imatters is dedicated to ensuring a successful candidate integration. You can count on imatters to coach both you and your new hire on best practices. With followups after they are on the job to tips and tools throughout their career, imatters' candidates come armed to the teeth ready for a successful integration!
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