10 Onboarding Best Practices to Turn New Hires into Lasting Employees

Onboarding at Zappos

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” — H.P. Lovecraft

No matter how confident you are now, at some point in your life you started something new—and it was utterly terrifying. Maybe it was transferring to a new school, trying out for the softball team or becoming a parent.

This fear of the unknown might explain why more than half of all U.S. employees leave a new job within their first year.

When onboarding new hires, remembering what that fear feels like is key. You know that Greg from accounting takes his coffee black and the bathroom is the third door on the left.

But a new employee doesn’t. Multiply these unknowns by a thousand, and that’s what it’s like to walk into an established workplace for the first time.

To ensure your new hires stay—and succeed—here are 10 onboarding best practices:

  1. Reach Out to New Hires Before Their Start Date
  2. Make Their First Day Memorable
  3. Keep Their Schedule Tightly Structured (at Least to Start)
  4. Form a Cross-Departmental Onboarding Team
  5. Spread Out the Paperwork
  6. Get the Whole Company Involved
  7. Set Expectations Early and Often
  8. Allow New Hires to Give Their Own Feedback
  9. Communicate the Culture Early and Often
  10. Don’t Expect New Hires to Hit the Ground Running

 

Please read about this 10 practices in Brian Westfall article at http://www.softwareadvice.com/resources/onboarding-best-practices/

 

Another interesting article on Extreme Onboarding: How to WOW Your New Hires Rather Than Numb Them is written by Dr. John Sullivan and can be read at https://business.linkedin.com/talent-solutions/blog/2015/07/extreme-onboarding-how-to-wow-your-new-hires-rather-than-numb-them

 

 

 

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