Everybody has at some point had the first day nerves before starting a new job. A whole new environment and new people can give new employees major pre-work anxiety.
Unfortunately, not all companies are great with bringing new employees into their business. While some businesses like to talk up perks like free coffee and food, what new employees really want is a good induction and initial training.
Good onboarding is important for the candidate experience. If done right, employee onboarding can become a key reason for retaining talent. A study by SHRM show’s 69% of employees are more likely to stay with a company for three years if they experienced great onboarding.
So, what are some simple things that all employers can do?
- Connect the new employee with the team prior to the prestart date. Remove the uncertainty and stress by connecting your new staff member to their colleagues beforehand. You can do this with a physical meet-and-greet, but in this tech world we live in, it is usually easier to do this by connecting on LinkedIn or other social media forums that the business uses.
- Have everything ready to promote a smooth first day/week experience. Get all computers/phone/network configured set up before the employee arrives on the first day. Have all paperwork that is required, set up and presented in a professional manner, ready for completion. What better way to welcome a new staff member than by showing that we are a professionally run business, that is ready and excited to have you a part of our team.
- Have some expectations prepared for the day, week, the month ahead and have them documented. Providing the new member with a list of all upcoming objectives, expectations and responsibilities is key to ensuring they get dialled into their new workplace. Keep in mind that most new hires want direction early, nothing more frustrating than spending the first days/weeks with no real understanding of what is required of them. Helping them to acclimatise early is a wonderful thing to do.
- Finally, and this is simple, check in regularly. Leaving a new hire to figure things out for themselves is an isolating experience. Scheduling regular check-ins over the course of the first six months is a wonderful way to ensure that the business gets feedback on what they’re doing right, and obviously, it ensures the new staff gets regular, one on one opportunities to find the answers.
By Andre Elcham 4/08/2020