6 Tips For Onboarding New Employees

Starting a new job is always intimidating and overwhelming. With so much information thrown at your employee all at once, their first week could make them feel like they want to run for the hills. There are a few easy to implement tips that can make their onboarding process smoother and more enjoyable, and make them feel like a great fit for your workplace.

1.First Impressions Matter shutterstock_384569686Your new employee has likely already visited your office during the interview stages, but making a good impression on their first day on the job is still crucial. It will set the tone for their first few months of transitioning and adjusting. You want them to enter the position feeling welcomed and excited. Have everyone aware that a new employee is joining beforehand, so they know to put on a friendly face, and even organize a few people to go out for lunch.

2.Create An Employee Playbookshutterstock_414981037Your new employee is going to get bombarded with information and details about your company and their new role, but to ease them into it, create a playbook that contains just the essentials. Providing essential information for them to understand who the key players are, what their role is. Creating this simple overview in a more creative way, such as an infographic, will also keep the process more lighthearted and memorable.

3.One-On-One Time With Key Personnelshutterstock_426350143Make sure your new employee has one-on-one time with their key correspondents. It is important for them to sit down and discuss what is expected on both ends and ask questions, as well as have an opportunity to get to know each other. There should be an initial meeting, and then follow up meetings at least once a month for the next three months. This will help everyone to check in and make sure the integration into the company is moving smoothly.

4.Mentorshipshutterstock_547753810While some may be hesitant to the buddy-system idea, having a mentor in place is a great way for new employees to connect with at least one person at the company. With this system in place, they will have a trusting go-to person if they’re feeling uncomfortable or overwhelmed, or want insider knowledge on how to succeed. Your initial mentor may very well become your mentor throughout your career.

5.Set A Three Month Goalshutterstock_486059059Providing your new employee with a semi-long term goal will help them organize the way they are adjusting to the company. Make sure they are feasible goals, such as developing x amount of leads, generating x amount of content, or converting x amount of sales. Since they have many smaller tasks to get on top of such as figuring out new software, learning the profiles of existing clients, etc, having an attainable goal not too far down the road puts just enough pressure into hitting the ground running.

6.Sign Your New Hire Up Under Your Company’s Solo Expenses Account

Screen 1Whether or not your new employee’s job is directly related to expenditure, having them registered to your company’s Solo Expenses account creates one less stress for both parties. If your employee does have to expense something, they just take a picture of the receipt and upload it through the app, without having to figure out who she has to talk to in office about it. It’s a quick and easy proactive move to save time and resources.

When onboarding new employees, in any workforce, the key takeaway is to make them feel welcome and provide them accessibility to the people they need to interact with to do their job properly. Taking the time to make sure they have all the resources needed, as well as proper moral support, will make all the difference, and increase retention.