Merlin Guide to Onboarding Your New Employees
The hard part is over…or so you thought. While it’s true that hiring is a huge challenge for many employers right now, it’s not the end game. The real goal is to make sure your new employees are set up for success and equally as invested in the company as you are in them. One of the best ways to increase employee retention is by orienting all new hires through a structured and thoughtful onboarding process, where they will learn what is expected of them and what they can expect in return. No matter what industry you work in, these tips and topics below are essential to include in your employee onboarding process.
Be Clear and Upfront About Rules and Standards
Whether it observing a certain dress code or adhering to overtime rules, every new hire should be aware of the specific rules of conduct in your workplace from the outset of their employment. Being clear about expectations and policies during the orientation process leaves little room for confusion, error, or excuses later on. In addition to verbally delineating these rules, you should also have them printed in an employee handbook or onboarding guide.
It is also helpful to explain why such policies are in place so employees can understand why and how they might protect or benefit them.
Use the Right Incentives
One common complaint people have when quitting their jobs is “that they didn’t see a future” at that company. How do you prevent this from happening with your new hire? Simple. Give them a future.
As part of the onboarding process, have a meeting with your new employee where you can discuss what best motivates him or her to thrive in a job. What kind of incentives do they expect for consistently superb work? Is it a promotion, a new title, more money, additional responsibility, all of the above? What an employee tells you can come in handy during reviews or whenever they deserve special attention or recognition.
Schedule Regular One-on-Ones
It’s extra work for you, but your employee will thank you for it. One-on-ones are exactly as the name implies — regularly scheduled meetings between you and your employee where you can discuss progress, updates or any other workplace issues. Ideally, you can shoot for weekly meetings, but if that’s not possible, monthly or bi-monthly meetings can also be beneficial.
Ultimately, one-on-ones are a simple and effective way to get a pulse check on how your employee is doing at work. An one-on-one allows you to address important issues and concerns immediately versus allowing resentment to build and fester.
Make Time for Bonding
Most workers spend more time with their co-workers than they do with their friends and family. Nearly one-third of your life is dedicated to working, so it’s important that you actually like the people you work with.
To help build camaraderie and trust in the workplace, consider organizing regular social outings or catering a team lunch where employees can hang out and get to know each other casually. Not only do team bonding activities make new hires feel welcome, they are a simple and easy way to create a positive work culture where employees feel valued and happy.
At the end of the day, a healthy employer-employee relationship is all about mutual respect and each person doing the job to the best of their ability. By implementing these tips into your onboarding process, you are doing your part to ensure this happens.