Clients talk to me every day about how hard it is to find and hold on to talented employees. I agree that it may be a challenge but it can be done!
It’s the employer’s responsibility to have an onboarding program in place that will introduce new employees to the business, their work environment and the Company’s culture.
The purpose of onboarding is to familiarize new employees with the Company and create a positive first impression. An effective onboarding program will improve employee engagement and increase employee retention so you can hold onto those good employees longer.
Below are five simple “must do’s” employers can implement to make a great first impression with new employees.
On the employee’s first day, make the work space is welcoming, clean, organized and with the equipment and tools to allow the employee to be immediately productive.
Make sure that access to the Company’s network or intranet, e-mail, and phone extension is set up and working properly for the new employee.
Arrange for a building access, IDs and a parking pass if necessary. Provide the new employee with a tour of the facilities and emergency access and egress from the building.
No matter how big or small your team is, make sure to do a formal introduction with the new employee and the rest of the team. This paves the way for better internal relationships. Assign the new employee to an onsite ‘Buddy’, who’s role it is to assist with the new employee’s orientation.
Check in with the employee at the beginning and end of each day to see how they are adjusting. If you can’t do this, assign it as one of the Buddy’s duties. Checking in will help resolve any minor issues that are bound to come up. It’s also a great way to get feedback on your onboarding process.
ZM Ventures recommends using a well defined onboarding and orientation program in order to make a good first impression and boost engagement for new employees.
If you have any questions regarding onboarding programs or would like your onboarding procedures revamped, reach out now to ZM Ventures, Inc. – www.zmventures.com.
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