When you hire a new employee, you want to make them feel like a welcome addition to the team. If better they are integrated into the company, the better they will invest in the company. Here are 3 onboarding practices you should implement the next time you hire a new employee.
1. Offer comprehensive training
Depending on how experienced your employee is, they may not need a whole lot of training. But making it available, especially if they are new to this line of work, is extremely helpful. Showing them the ropes, how to use your company’s system, etc. are all valuable ways to start them off on the right foot. As we’ve said in the past, “lost” employees do not perform well.
2. Initiate communication
Whether their first day is Monday or they’ve already been working for a week, reach out and check in with your new hire. Send an email or make a quick call to ensure they have everything they need to get started. You may even want to leave a small “welcome gift” in their cubicle or at their desk! Be approachable, show that you’re grateful they’re a part of the team, and make the transition as smooth as possible.
3. Be transparent about expectations
Perhaps one of the most important on-boarding practices is telling your new employee exactly what you expect of them. “When it comes to setting role responsibilities and performance goals, vagueness is the enemy,” says Bryan Westfall of softwareadvice.com. “Setting defined (but realistic) expectations for new hires from the get-go—and communicating them clearly—can help workers evaluate their own progress and prepare for what’s to come.”