Salaries and benefits are important. But job seekers should also consider whether potential employers offer comprehensive training and other high value onboarding opportunities.
Although hiring and training new employees can be costly, too many companies fail to provide adequate onboarding processes for new hires.
Randstad Canada, a staffing, recruitment and HR Services firm, sees onboarding as the best way for companies to build loyalty and engagement, integrate new people into the organization and support employee contributions.
Leandra Harris, Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Randstad Canada says it’s important for employers to take the time to properly welcome, orient and train new employees.
“It is an important part of the employer/employee relationship. Effective onboarding programs promote a number of benefits, including greater employee satisfaction, better job performance, greater commitment to the company, a boost in productivity and increased retention,” Harris says.
What to Expect from the Onboarding Process
Harris offers three important ways that onboarding can ease a new employee’s entry into a company.
Preparation and Organization
”An employees’ first day is the perfect opportunity for a company to demonstrate the effectiveness of their internal processes, the efficiency with which they communicate internally, and how well tasks are assigned and accomplished. So make sure their workstation and computer requirements are ready prior to their start date!”
A Mentor or Designated Orientation Contact
”By choosing an experienced team member with strong knowledge of the organization and of the role the new employee will be undertaking, it will help transfer knowledge, develop new ideas and also help reduce any anxiety the new employee may have when starting the new position.”
”The manager should meet with the new employee at the end of the first day, end of the first week, and end of third and sixth months. This is a great way to find out what is working well in the process, what needs attention, and whether the new employee is facing any issues within the company. This is also a great opportunity for managers to provide constructive feedback on how the employee is progressing.”
According to Harris, new hires’ initial experiences are critical. “An effective onboarding process injects a sense of organizational spirit into the new employees and helps them feel like an integral part of the team,” says Harris.