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The first day on a new job can be tough for new employees, but it doesn’t have to be. Onboarding is the process of integrating a new hire into the company and helping them acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and behaviors to become effective organizational members and insiders. There is certainly a range in terms of how and how well companies onboard. Most of us have had experiences on both ends of the spectrum at some point in our careers… so we know that effective onboarding makes a world of difference, both in productivity and feeling “at home”, engaged, competent, and committed.
As key 11 in my blog series, Hire Wisdom: The 12 Keys to Successful Hiring, I’ve provided a checklist for hiring managers to help employees hit the ground running with effective onboarding.
This is the boring but essential stuff that can be easily overlooked. Whether it’s handled by you or an administrative colleague, make sure the basics are covered:
Integrating new employees into the company culture is essential. You want your employees to want to come to work. The average full-time employee spends more time at work than at home, so help make it feel like a second home.
This is your opportunity to get down to business and reiterate the main points you have discussed throughout the interview process. Expectations are everything. Make sure you are on the same page in terms of job expectations.
Most people who quit within the first 3 months do so because of a lack of a strong relationship with their boss. The hiring manager needs to be the one to set aside their time to make this process an exceptional experience for them… and not just on day one. Follow this checklist to help new employees hit the ground running and watch as your new hire flourishes in their new role. You are now one step closer to Hire Wisdom.
IQ PARTNERS is an Executive Search & Recruitment firm with offices in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. We help companies hire better, hire less & retain more. We have teams of specialist recruiters in Financial Services & Insurance, Marketing Communications & Media, Emerging Tech & Telecom, Consumer Goods & Retail, B2B & Industrial, Technology, Accounting & Finance, HR & Operations, Energy, Mining & Engineering, Life Sciences, and Construction, Property & Real Estate. IQ PARTNERS has its head office in Toronto and operates internationally via Aravati Global Search Network. Click here to view current job openings and to register with us.
Ross Campbell is a Partner and Practice Lead, Financial Services & Insurance with IQ PARTNERS. Celebrating over 10 years of management consulting experience in executive search, recruitment, and training in Canadian financial services and insurance companies, Ross thrives on the belief that business can be done significantly better by investing in the right people.