The Importance of Onboarding

Getting Started with the Onboarding Process

Finding the best candidates for positions in your organization is only part of building an effective team. The process of onboarding new employees can be one of the most critical factors in ensuring recently hired talent will be productive, contented workers. 

However, in some organizations, onboarding is often confused with orientation. While orientation might be necessary—paperwork and other routine tasks must be completed—onboarding is a comprehensive process involving management and other employees that can last up to 12 months.

Before implementing a formal onboarding program, employers should answer some key questions to attain team and upper management buy-in, including:

  • When will onboarding start?
  • How long will it last?
  • What impression do you want new hires to walk away with at the end of the first day?
  • What do new employees need to know about the culture and work environment?
  • What role will HR/Management pay in the process? What about direct supervisors? Co-workers? GET ALL INVOLVED!
  • What kind of goals do you want to set for new employees? Ask the employee what goals they’d like to set for themselves.
  • How will you gather feedback on the program and measure its success?

Once these questions have been answered, Management or HR can devise a plan of action to help new employees quickly assimilate company policies and workflow while getting fully acquainted with the organization's culture.

As we close out 2018 and look forward to 2019; the onboarding process will be an integral process. 

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