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5 Ways to Successfully Onboard New Hires

Signe Bjørklund
August 10, 2020

Bad onboarding is expensive in terms of recruitment and loss of productivity. In this article we’ll give you 5 tips to make your onboarding process successful.

Why Onboarding is so Important

It’s time consuming to recruit and onboard new employees. After spending hours searching for, interviewing and identifying the right talent the real challenge begins. How do you make your new hire stay with you?

All your hard work can easily go down the drain if you don’t make sure to onboard the new hire properly. A study shows that a negative onboarding experience results in new hires being 2 times more likely to look for other job opportunities.

Therefor it’s crucial to create an onboarding process that helps your new employee feel equipped for their new job. A good onboarding experience not only makes your employees feel welcome but it will also help them adjust to the organizational goals, strategy and culture much faster.

Insider: Read about the 3 essential benefits of employee onboarding here.

By implementing an onboarding process you can increase your employee engagement and invoke a sense of loyalty. A study from Glassdor shows that a great employee onboarding can improve employee retention by over 80% and productivity by over 70%.

 

5 Easy Ways to Onboard New Employees

We've listed five easy ways to make your employee onboarding more successful: 

1: Structure The Process

First of all, it's important to create an onboarding journey that's easy to implement and easy to access. The journey should be engaging to participate in and create a sense of excitement with the new employee.

2: Automate The Journey

By automating the journey you can avoid all the one sheets and papers. This will make the process easier to adjust and more up to date. An automated process creates a more manageable journey and secures that everybody gets onboarded in the same way and with the same level of quality.

By using the Relesys Platform you can digitally onboard all of your employees. You can build an engaging journey with features based on intelligent software that motivates all hires towards a better performance and proactive mindset.

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3: Assign Relevant Training

When you automate the onboarding process you should also think about implementing skills training. By implementing training as a part of the journey you involve the new employee in the organization from an early stage which create a sense of responsibility.

The training can consist of everything from ensuring legal regulations like GDRP to product knowledge or organizational values. Training prepares your new employee for their work tasks and makes them feel aligned with your organization.

The Relesys Platform implements gamification throughout the app to continuously engage employees in learning initiatives. These elements keep everyone on top of their game and support your employees in their professional growth in a fun and encouraging way.

Insider: Read about the differences between employee training and employee onboarding here.

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4: Create Good Content

When you hire a new employee communication is key. Create content that showcases your company and organizational culture the best way possible, so that your new employee experiences a good first impression.

It's also important that your new hire feels well informed. This you can secure by structuring your communication so your new hires only gets what's relevant and doesn’t feel like they're drowning in too much information.

The Relesys Platform creates a social wall in the platform for everyone to share information, accomplishments and best practices. The interactive flow of communication goes both ways between HQ and the employees which strengthens the togetherness in your business.

5: Create a Genuine Feeling of Belonging

The social aspect of starting a new job plays a huge role in the onboarding process. In most cases a new employee doesn’t know anyone in their new workplace.

The interactions are often awkward in the beginning with basic introductions and small talk about the weather. Make sure you welcome and introduce your new employee internally, so they experience a good environment and feel comfortable from the beginning. 

 

Belongingness

 

The Advantages of a Successful Onboarding

A recent study shows that 35% of most companies don’t have a formal onboarding program. If your company doesn’t have an onboarding program you can risk that your new hires have a negative experience and they might end up regretting their decision to accept the job.

By streamlining and implementing an employee onboarding process you'll not only impress your new employees, but also reduce the workload of your HR team. An onboarding program creates a stabile and manageable transition that will in the end increase both employee productivity and retention.

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