You found the “perfect” candidate. Everyone is happy and super-charged to get this person in the door and up the curve. But, when they arrive for their first day of work, are you ready to receive? And are you organized to give that critical and essential first impression which answers the question: “Did I sign up for the right job?”
The right New Employee Onboarding system should facilitate everything from the important “welcome” message and introductions, right down to supporting the New Hire with questions to ask and Checklists to check over those critical knowledge-transfer weeks ahead.
Be Aware that your Onboarding Process Can Lead to Information Overload
So… let’s say you are ready (by the way, if you’re not… we can help with OrientationWare). Now, let’s say they’ve been on board for at least two weeks and they are meeting people and gathering information, learning about the company’s products and services. They seem completely engaged and pumped to learn more. But let’s be honest with ourselves… immersing a newbie into weeks of reading and quick-intro meetings won’t keep them excited nor will it entice them to contribute and apply their skills… at least not yet… mostly because there’s so many more documents to read.
So, how do you ensure that Nancy New-Hire doesn’t drown in paper work during Orientation time? You give her something to do… that allows her to demonstrate why it is you hired her in the first place.
Including Goal Setting During Your Onboarding Process Leads to an Engaged Employee
As part of your New Hire Orientation process, it is a good idea to set goals a few weeks in to reflect the new employee’s understanding of their learning to date e.g. company mission, vision and core offerings. Why not let them do a Lunch and Learn on the organization’s key competitors and why it is their company is better?
If you’re ready to receive then you’re ready to have them hit the ground running. Goals are an excellent way to measure (and even course-correct) a new comer’s perspective and value-add to the company. Goals are engaging and can be designed to offer challenge and require early contribution.
We can help you do both through our customized OrientationWare that is fraught with Questions and Checklists already established along with Goal Setting capabilities that directly align critical information topics and key, strategic objectives.