Onboarding a new employee seems like a simple enough thing, but in fact the modern workforce expects more than a cold and templatized onboarding process. The onboarding itself is often a key element to a new employees’ success in their early days with a company. Employees want to know that they were hired with the intention of being welcomed into a new company. They also want to know that they are being brought in with the support and resources they need to succeed in the role. To make sure your employees are onboarded the right way takes an investment in the people you hire and the processes you hire them through. This is why you need to make sure you are being intentional and strategic in the onboarding process.  

Understanding the Importance of Onboarding  

Most new employees in your organization will go through some form of onboarding. It is their first foray into the day-to-day life of an employee in your organization. It is also one of the most important opportunities to make an impression on the new hires and transform them to loyal employees. While the onboarding process is often tasked with the responsibility to finalize any dangling procedural requirements, its primary purpose is to be motivational. From a new hire’s perspective, it should be rich in relevant information that they would find useful. From the organizational perspective, it should also be reliable, repeatable, and most importantly flexible. 

Flexibility and Personalization 

Everyone learns slightly differently. The goal of the onboarding process is to deliver a great first impression and provide relevant information. You will have the most success in grabbing and retaining the attention of a large audience if the onboarding process incorporates flexibility. This could mean having multiple different delivery mediums such as in person sessions, online information, onboarding videos, and group sessions versus a more personalized session. Different people will find different parts of the content more appealing to them. Make sure the delivery mechanism is tailored and enables employees to go at their own pace. 

Preparing Your New Hires  

Give your new employees what they need to hit the ground running. Provide them the tools and information that will help them accomplish your goals. The onboarding process provides them with relevant information and training to become productive members of the team. Connect them with mentors or colleagues who will show them the ropes. This also helps them get the most out of the resources available to them. Be clear in your expectations of their day-to-day work. These things will help them understand what they need to do. But it’ll also show them how to do it successfully in their new job.  

Ask us how we can help you with installing an effective and engaging onboarding process. Reach out to the Williams Industrial team today. 

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