You finally found the perfect candidate for that hard-to-fill position in your organization. The new hire starts Monday. You think the hardest part is over, but is it? In today’s workforce, the onboarding process is as important as the hiring process. You finally found the “right fit” for your team, but setting them up for success in your organization is crucial. Your new hire will decide if they want to stay with your organization within the first week on the job. In order to reduce turnover, this fresh face must feel valued.
This onboarding process doesn’t need to be stressful. At Emergenetics, we have a hiring program, the Emergenetics Selection Program, that helps your new hire become more successful quickly. Onboarding is an integral part of this program and helps truly make an impact on your new hire. Here are 5 tangible actions you can take to ensure your hire feels appreciated:
- Speak their language: Ask your new hire how they prefer to communication and match them. This will make sure they feel comfortable to speak up if they need more information on a task and make them feel comfortable. If your organization uses the Emergenetics Profile, this would be a perfect way to communicate.
- Think about their future: Do you see a clear career path for this person in your organization? Share this with them. Create a new level of engagement by laying out a path for them and starting a dialogue of how you want to help them in their professional journey. Be transparent about the expectations for promotions and explain how this person can continue to take steps forward within your organization. This will not only establish a two-way street of communication between you and the hire, but will create a clear roadmap for them to aspire to follow.
- Discuss goals: Both short-term and long-term. Goals are a main source of motivation and can provide focus among chaos in the new hire’s first couple months on the job. Think about creating goals that will have a tangible impact on the organization. The more this person feels like have made an impact, the more likely he/she will desire to stay in the future.
- Ensure they feel connected: Is there a table you and your other co-workers enjoy lunch at each day? Invite the new hire to join you. The less they feel like they are in a “professional” setting 24/7, the more they can feel like they are a human. If they can plant roots, they will be able to successfully grow in your organization.
- Provide feedback: The first month or so in a new job, especially if it is the first “real” job, can be overwhelming. Take them out for a coffee every couple weeks to check in. Ensure their work is being appreciated. A simple “thank you” for a job well done can provide positive reinforcement, communicate a sense of appreciation, and give the new hire a sense of accomplishment and direction.
When new hires are properly onboarded, it can be a rewarding experience to watch them excel in your organization. I hope you try these 5 easy actions with your new hires and witness their future success!