Onboarding new employees can be a difficult process, but it is vital to your new employee’s success. Most new employees have a hard time adjusting to a new work environment, a new set of responsibilities, and new expectations. Having a new employee is hard on the company as well, because employee productivity can be lower than desired at first.
Here are three simple ways you can get your next new employee up to speed quickly:
Teaching the Employee Quickly, Early On: The better an employee understands the company and their role within the company, the more success they will have in their first few months of employment. Managers should be involved in this learning process, frequently checking the new employee’s understanding and success. This onboarding training should cover the fundamentals of the business (ex. products), the mood of the business, and the method of decision making in the business. These areas should be covered as quickly and efficiently as possible to have the best success.
Helping the Employee to Adapt Socially: Being the new kid doesn’t always feel great. Especially for a new employee who just moved to the area. Building relationships with coworkers is an important part on the onboarding process. Inability to adapt to the new social environment with decrease success in many areas. Managers can help new employees comfortable by making introductions. Introductions provide a simple support for new employees, unfamiliar with anyone.
Mentors are a good way to introduce a new employee to the social environment at work. Mentors can help new employees to develop their skills and talents, and feel more comfortable in your organization. Also, the new employee will have the benefit of building a professional relationship and maybe even a friendship with someone in your organization.
Boosting Motivation for the Employee: Keeping a new employee motivated can help increase their chances of success in the organization. As a leader, giving an employee a clear direction can help them to stay motivated and productive. Guidelines also provide a way for a new employee to become more confident in their role in the company. Later, after guidelines are set, a manager should help the new employee set short-term goals and celebrate small successes at work. Help new employees set individual goals that connect their work to larger company goals. This helps the new employee be more motivated for success in the future, and teaches them how the company wants things to be completed.
Share these tips with the managers in your organization to revamp your onboarding process. If you are looking for even more ideas, check out our Onboarding Toolkit.