Your candidate just signed the contract - well done. Now the onboarding starts. And no - it's more than just the first day intro at work.
Onboarding is the period from hiring to the employee has started in the position and all the way until he or she has is considered to have acquired the necessary knowledge and behaviour in order to be a fully functioning and integrated member of your organization.
How to onboard a new employee?
- Create a structure and a onboarding plan preferrably with some measurable goals. The goals could be related to increase retention rates or maybe the employee satisfaction. Having a structure in place means you can reuse the same template for new hires in the future. (LessAdmin can help you in this regards) This can then be adjusted as you see fit depending on how your goals are progressing or based on general feedback.
- Use automation technology to save time and to simplify the process. Not only does it save you a lot of headache and manual processes, but it will be much easier to involve the whole organization as the automated software will assign tasks as the onboarding progresses. LessAdmin will be of great help here.
- For suggestions on detailed steps, check out our checklist.
Why employee onboarding is important
Studies have shown that onboarding and socialization leads to "positive outcomes for new employees" according to Wikipedia. These outcomes are increased job satisfaction, better performance, reduced stress and increased retention. Research shows that a good introduction process makes new hires being 29 times more likely to feel satisfied in their work situation.
So in other words, you have everything to gain having a good onboarding process in place.
Unfortunately still too few companies provides a systematic approach to onboarding. That is one of the reasons we created LessAdmin.