Tips for Effective Employee Onboarding
Create a Structured Onboarding Program
Schedule activities that will establish expectations and responsibilities.
Ensure that all parties are committed to this schedule.
Dedicate time to familiarize the new hire with their new work environment.
Encourage them to ask questions!
Assign a Buddy
Partner the new hire with a tenured employee who can provide a realistic job preview and act as a long-term resource.
Anxiety can be greatly reduced by having a point-person available.
The tenured employee can provide insight into the new hire's performance and state of mind.
Provide Quality Training & Resources
Offer a training in a variety of methods as everyone learns differently (auditory, visual, text, on-the-job, etc.)
Always be sure to check for understanding and be sympathetic to potential learning disabilities.
Provide additional training until concepts are understood.
Conduct Regular Check-ins
Check-ins can help new hires feel valued and supported by the organization.
Maintain an open-door culture so that the all employees feel more inclined to communicate their feelings rather than allow them to fester, creating a more positive work environment.