What Your Onboarding Process Should Look Like In 2022
Onboarding is essential, and companies that neglect it will eventually pay the price for doing so. Effective onboarding improves employee performance and increases retention.
But you need to be clear about what you want to accomplish with onboarding, and so you need to establish goals for the process before you decide how to do it. For example, how long do you want the process to last, what do you want to achieve when it’s over, what kind of impression do you want to leave with a new hire, what are your key performance indicators for onboarding success?
In 2022, some of the process can best be handled virtually, here’s what it should look like.
The First Day
This is when you want to set expectations for the job. The new employee should clearly understand what their job role is and the job responsibilities. You should also review the company’s mission, goals, and values to help the person understand the company’s overall culture.
Also, during the first day, you should take the new person out to lunch to help forge a good relationship with them. The person’s workstation should be ready to go. It’s also a good idea to designate a coworker to act as an onboarding mentor to the new person. The coworker can help the new hire and answer any questions that they might have.
The First Week
During this time, you should review what training courses they will need to take. The new hire should also have lunch with some of the more senior team members and a welcome from the team supervisor.
Check with the person to see how the first week has been, how they feel about the new job and the people, and if they have any questions or concerns.
The First Month
You want to make sure that the new hire is engaged with their job and that they are getting their questions answered. After the first month, meet with the new hire to see how the job is going. Also, check with the coworker that was assigned to assist the new hire in the first week their opinion on how things are going.
During the first month, you should also arrange for the new person to meet people from different departments throughout the company.
Give the new hire ongoing feedback on their performance and seek feedback from them about how the onboarding process is going and about their experience with the company thus far.
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