Give your new hires the best opportunity to succeed!
 
Recruiting, Interviewing Best Practices and The War for Talent all garner a lot of attention, and rightly so. One topic that deserves more attention is onboarding. Wikipedia defines onboarding as the process of acquiring, accommodating, assimilating and accelerating new team members.

Too often we see new hires struggle to succeed as employers fail to provide proper onboarding. By giving a just a bit more attention to new hires early in the process and following some simple principles, a win-win scenario will be created for the employer and new hire.

Four actions all employers should have as part of the onboarding program are:

  • Stay in touch. In today’s ultracompetitive employment market, where counter-offers are rampant, it is important to stay in touch with your new hire prior to their start date. Coffee, lunch or a dinner meeting are all appropriate and offer a great opportunity to start acclimating a new hire.
  • Solid Orientation. Reinforce the company’s culture, values, mission and vision. This reaffirms the candidate’s decision to join your company, assists them in understanding their role within the organization and to better appreciate why decisions are made.
  • Continuous feedback. Execute this step early and often. Positively reinforce positive behavior. Recognize and reward. Construct firm feedback loops. This assures the candidate is tracking success in their role.
  • Expectations clearly articulated. Define expectations over various timeframes. Reiterate, if not over-communicate, expectations. This will help to prevent frustrations regarding their performance and prioritization.

Begin with the end in mind. Set the table for a successful hire by giving onboarding more attention. Staying in touch, orientation, feedback and expectation. Four simple action items that will have a big payoff.