Your onboarding process significantly impacts your employee attraction and retention rates. It shows new hires what your company culture is like, how they fit with their team, and what is expected of them. As a result, providing the best possible onboarding experience is essential.
Everyone involved with onboarding must show new hires they are welcome within the organization and are valued members of their team.
For instance, HR professionals and managers must begin orientation and training as soon as possible to help new hires begin contributing. Also, these professionals and managers must regularly follow up, answer questions, and provide constructive feedback to encourage new hires to remain long-term.
New hires’ experience blending with the organization and learning their duties and responsibilities affects their longevity with the company.
This impacts employee engagement, productivity, and retention throughout the organization. Therefore, as an HR professional, you may need to reshape your onboarding process this year to maximize results.
Implement these tips to reshape your onboarding process in 2023 for stronger employee retention:
Provide Easy Access to Information
Make your information-sharing process as simple as possible. This includes documents, articles, links, video tutorials, and other onboarding resources.
For instance, share your onboarding plan with new hires so they know what to expect. Include the tasks to complete along with their objectives and deadlines. Also, use a simple platform for managers to customize the information being shared with new hires.
Provide customized dashboards for new hires to access the applications needed to complete their work. Also, promote collaboration among new hires, team members, managers, and coworkers throughout the onboarding process.
Connect New Hires with Other Employees
Help new hires get to know the teammates and coworkers they will be working with.
Building camaraderie helps new hires learn your company’s culture and adapt to their roles. It also promotes training and collaboration within your organization.
Encouraging relationships between new hires and tenured employees helps new hires feel more relaxed and confident as they ease into their roles. Providing a positive employee experience increases productivity, job satisfaction, and retention.
Clarify Duties, Responsibilities, and Expectations
Help new hires understand their job duties, responsibilities, and expectations. Include how success will be measured.
Establish goals for new hires to meet in a week, a month, 3 months, and longer. Ensure the goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) to increase the odds of attaining them. Follow up at set intervals to discuss new hires’ progress, answer questions, and remain on track with the onboarding process.
Regularly provide constructive feedback to improve new hires’ performance. Share what new hires are doing well, what they could do better, and specific suggestions for improvement.
Ask new hires to provide constructive feedback throughout the onboarding process. Understanding the employee experience helps you improve it.
For instance, share pulse surveys to gain insight into employee satisfaction, work environment, team relationships, and other relevant topics. Include open-ended questions to look for qualitative trends or areas that need improvement.
Also, talk with new hires, their managers, and their team members about new hires’ progress with onboarding and training. Include the areas new hires struggle with and how you can provide additional resources and support.
Need Help Reshaping Your Onboarding Process?
Talk with Morris Bixby Group for additional help reshaping your agricultural company’s onboarding process. Contact us today, we look forward to assisting your team.