For a fast growing business, ensuring new starters are fully equipped to produce brilliant work as soon as possible is essential in keeping productivity levels up and causing minimal disruption to operations. However, all too often, employers rush through the onboarding process, adopting a 'one and done' approach to training or shrugging off the responsibility to HR completely.
In fact, an employee’s first days, weeks and even months on the job are critical to their success and commitment to a company. Treating the experience as on-going welcoming process rather than a tick-box exercise will help your new hire to feel prepared and empowered to start with a bang - so don't leave it until their first day to start.
Research has found almost eight in ten (79%) of new employees agreed that they would have settled into their new role much more quickly had there been a better onboarding process. It’s fundamental to encourage and act upon the positive feelings so [new employees] feel their decision to join the new organisation was one for the better. This area provides the critical touch points ahead of the first day, enabling them to engage with their new team, read all necessary documents and find out who they should ask for upon arrival, where they will spending lunch - all the simple yet worrisome areas that plague a new starter.