When you’re talking about engagement, the key is to engage employees. All too often, the term ‘employee engagement’ is thrown around without any real understanding or support. Employee engagement is more than a buzz phrase; it’s a business practice that begins on day one of an employee’s experience.
If done correctly, the onboarding process can draw team members in and build excitement around new jobs and new careers. If done incorrectly, however, valuable employees may walk right out the door before they even get going, knowing there are places out there that will want to entice and engage them.
When developing an onboarding program, it’s important to standardize best practices to ensure everyone receives the same exposure to the company, the benefits, and the opportunities at the company.
We’ll help you understand how to create modern onboarding best practices to engage your employees at the onset of your relationship together.
Engagement Begins Before the Interview
Thanks to technology, you have everything you need to put your company’s culture in front of candidates long before they step through the front door.
- Social Media. Utilize social media to showcase your workspace if you’re trying to attract a social-savvy crowd. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn will provide insights about the way you do business before people even submit their resumes. Ideally, your posts will weed out candidates who will clearly not be a good fit for your organization while simultaneously attracting team members who would fit right in with your workflow.
- Careers Page. Your website is valuable real estate; use it to its fullest potential. By talking about your company culture before people can even search and apply for jobs, you’re setting the stage for proper expectations, granting access to qualified applicants who are excited about the things you have to offer.
Email Paperwork and Form Letters Ahead of Time
Paperwork is a necessary evil when it comes to the onboarding process. Forego wasted time spent in the office by sending legal forms, tax documents, and HR handbooks via email ahead of time. This proactive approach prevents new employees from becoming overwhelmed on their first day and allows them to acclimate to your expectations on their own time.
Embrace Intranets While Incorporating Fun Games & Activities
Who should your new hires turn to when they need help? Where are certain specialists located in your building? How will they find their way to conference rooms and company-sponsored events?
Intranets offer incredible an incredible opportunity to turn onboarding into a fun experience. Teach them where they need to go, who they can talk to, and how to navigate your company’s campus by way of entertainment so they enjoy the introductory process from the very beginning.
Involve Experienced Staffers
The people who train your new hires will have a ton of input about the success of your onboarding program. If you overlook their advice, you’re likely to repeat mistakes. Set up round-table discussions regularly so you can inquire about frustrations and suggestions and make improvements to the program. Be open to opinions, as the front-line trainers’ irritations will often lead the way to better onboarding best practices in the end.
Still not sure how to build out your company’s onboarding best practices? Our team at Insight Performance is here to help. Reach out to us to learn how we can help you modernize your new hire programs.