Effectively Onboarding Employees to Maximize Productivity

As written for brewingwork.com – originally posted March 9, 2018.

Finding the right hire to fill a gap on your team is rewarding. Especially during busy times, finding talent to add to your team can keep your organization on track and help reach your productivity goals. However, if you are too busy to take the time to properly onboard your new hire, you run the risk of sabotaging their productivity. To combat this, there are simple things that you can do that will ensure your new hire feels confident to hit the ground running once they join your organization. This article focuses on the top three most important onboarding tasks that hiring managers should focus on to maximize the productivity of their new employees from day one.

Start the Process Before Day 1

Starting at a new company in a new position is often overwhelming for anyone. Everything from figuring out the dress code, understanding employee policies, and knowing who works on which team – it can be a lot to take in. Any information you can provide to your new hire ahead of time gives them the opportunity to start on day one feeling confident and prepared. Consider creating an onboarding booklet that explains commonly asked questions new hires have. Include information on benefits, vacation, sick leave, key policies, and include a list of main contacts such as IT, HR, and teammates. Having this information in a neat little package prevents your new hire from wasting time trying to piece all this information together on their own.

Ensure They Have all the Tools Required

Make sure prior to your new employee coming on board, that they have a place to sit with a phone and computer, as well as access to all files and networks required. This may seem obvious, but you would be surprised how often people start new jobs and wait countless days before they have access to everything they need to effectively do their job. If they require specialized training, sign them up to complete it within their first two weeks. Mitigate potential time wasted by new hires by being proactive and preparing everything ahead of time. Doing so allows new team members to start being productive within their first few days on the job.

Ensure Clear paths to communication

New hires need to start making connections early, so they can quickly gain an understanding of the company, their team, and how their role fits into the overall organization. As a manager, it’s also important to check in regularly with your new employee and let them know how they are doing. Don’t just throw them into things and leave them to it. Most people desire feedback and want to know whether they are on the right track. Also, it’s important to encourage two-way feedback so your new hires feel comfortable coming to you if they have questions, concerns or ideas.

Onboarding a new hire effectively isn’t complicated. Its about being prepared and starting early so that when your newly hired employees arrive on site, they already feel like a part of your organization and are ready to start contributing.

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