27th October 2021
Onboarding is a longer-term process that helps your fantastic new hire understand your company, how their role and expertise contributes towards business strategy, and find the information and support they need to thrive.
Understanding your Company
Companies that demonstrate a clear sense of purpose and strong set of values build loyalty with employees as well as affinity for potential candidates. A survey by LinkedIn found that 70% of employees said they would leave a leading company if it had a bad culture, whilst another 71% said they would take a pay cut to work for a company that shares their values and has a mission they believe in.
The Leadership Teams’ Role
According to Harvard Business Review, when it comes to managers making connections with their team members, 91% of employees say that communication issues can prevent leaders from being effective. Primarily due to leaders failing to engage during crucial moments that could help employees see them as trustworthy. A critical time where leaders and managers can engage an employee is during the onboarding process –more specifically, at a new hire virtual meeting or event.
So, what is the onboarding toolkit?
- A mentor/point of contact
- Opportunity to network
- Well-equipped work environment
- Clear goals and expectations
- Easy access to resources
- A potential career trajectory
- Training and development
- Feedback and ongoing support
- Clear, concise induction process
Forward thinking businesses are personalising onboarding, to reduce any unwanted stress to their new hires and to ensure they retain their successful team. We have found that this can include simple but effective administrative steps such as specific populated onboarding paperwork, to bespoke training plans and encouraged use of social enterprise software.
What Part Can Automation Play?
Onboarding automation is about connecting more than one system and more than one team, to reduce time or duplication and benefit multiple departments. By pre-boarding (continued engagement from their offer acceptance stage to first day) and use of automation software, you can ensure your new hire remains enthusiastic about their new role and builds a positive first impression of your company.
MD Comment: With demand for talent at an all time high and time to hire getting longer, a thorough on-boarding process is the starting point to smoothly integrating new hire, a successful high performing career for your new employee and your strategy for staff retention. On-boarding strategies have evolved rapidly through the Covid period with many embracing tech to deliver key information and contact remotely. The best provide a seamless segway from candidate attraction all the way to and beyond a new hire’s first day maintaining engagement throughout the whole process. Businesses of all sizes can benefit greatly by adopting a well thought out on-boarding plan.
If you need support with your hiring or advice on latest trends with on-boarding please get in touch.
Coming next is a series of blogs exploring Remote Teams, starting with Managing a Remote Team.