Success in Onboarding

The term Onboarding hit the hiring scene several years ago and has become a buzz word among human resource professionals.  Once a candidate is hired, managers and HR people alike recognize the importance of getting that employee in the office, understanding the expectations, being able to start producing and basically “on board” with culture and goals as quickly as possible.  In addition, the majority of new employees decide how long they will stay with a company within the first week!  But, onboarding can be a challenge as people are pressed for time and resources.  Here are a couple things that can make all the difference.

  1. Set Up – if possible, provide the new employee their new email address and phone extension before they start their job.  Having that information makes them feel like part of the team and new colleagues can begin using it immediately.
  2. Greeting – When the new employee arrives, make sure there is someone to meet them and show them around.  Remember how it felt on your first day!
  3. Paperwork – Of course there is all kinds of paperwork that must be completed on the first day.  Be sure this is not the only focus, however.  Add to the paperwork something to give the employee some control over the process – a checklist, a list of people they need to meet in the first week, etc.
  4. Projects – Give the person something they can engage in right away.  When everyone has work to do and the new employee has to wait, they feel disconnected.  Engaging them will make them part of the team right away.
  5. Take the person to lunch during the first week and start to get to know them.  Nothing gives the feeling of connection than being part of the group and knowing people on more than just a professional level.

Onboarding is really about getting an employee to feel part of the team and being productive faster.  It is an important part of the hiring process.

Copywrite 2009 Anjela Mangrum, [email protected]

Anjela Mangrum is the founder of Mangrum Career Solutions Inc.  MCS partners with industrial and machining manufacturing businesses to source and secure mid-to-upper level talent for operations, supply chain, and engineering positions.  They work to empower individual job seekers by helping them gain a competitive edge in their job search. For hiring needs contact Anjela at 513.753.3813 x101.

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