5 important ways to get the best out of a new employee

What happens during the first few weeks of a new employees’ time in your company will determine how quick said employee will acclimatize and reach good productivity levels.

Handling a new employees first few weeks wrongly could cost the company a potentially valuable employee

You will recruit new employees all the time, and sometimes they'll stay on for years and years, other times, they will leave a few weeks in. Here are 5 steps to stop the latter from happening.

1. Welcome employees before they start.

Out of the 22 HR practices that the Boston Consulting Group analyzed in 2013, onboarding has the highest impact on a business. What this means, essentially, is that what happens during the first few weeks of a new employees’ time in your company will determine how quick said employee will acclimatize and reach good productivity levels.

That’s why it’s important to welcome new employees with all the electronic documents they require before they even start: action items, company policies, information on the new role and so on.

From the first day, allow new employees see what going on in the company, how things work, and so on. Finally, introduce them to the rest of the workforce, physically or via your in-house social platform, if you have one.

2. Allow employees manage their own profiles.

Allowing employees manage the data/information HR usually requires will help give them a sense of autonomy from the start.

Consider using a system that allows employees to update their personal profile: from goals to benefits, employee birthdays, and areas of specialty. This even makes it easier for HR to pull customized updates.

3. Mobile connection is important.

An astonishing 91 per cent of employees in a survey said they believed lack of communication hindered leaders’ effectiveness.

It’s a mobile world we live today, its only common sense to get with the trend. Implement a mobile platform within your organization. Stay in touch with new employees throughout the onboarding process. This way new employees will be able to communicate with colleagues when they have questions on the go.

4. Ensure document storage and accessibility is simple.

New employees depend on a lot of resources, from numerous forms to handbooks, and contact lists to help them learn the ropes. Make sure this resources are available to them round the clock, via cloud based storage setup, for example. This will ensure they have access to whatever they need, when they need it.

5. Feedback.

The early stages of a new employees journey in the company is a critical time, and if their business heads or supervisors are now aware of their experience, the company’s disadvantage on such issues only gets worse.

Engage early by soliciting feedback from new employees via custom in-house surveys. Request feedback on company culture and encourage peer feedback so you don’t have biased results.

Utilize these steps and watch your company’s employee retaining capacity skyrocket.

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