Starting a new job is a little like the first day of school. It’s both exciting and overwhelming. As a new hire’s boss, you have the power to set the tone for what lies ahead. You can ensure it’s the most positive experience possible with the right approach to onboarding. And it’s not just about new employees; it’s about your company bottom line, too. As one of Central CT’s leading HR consulting firms, Stewart Staffing knows that when you thoroughly onboard your new employees, you can benefit in a variety of ways, including with:
#1: More engaged employees from the start.
When employees are thoroughly welcomed and engaged, they are going to feel more confident and comfortable with their decision to accept your job offer. Not only that, but they’re also going to better understand what’s expected of them and be more motivated to succeed as a result.
#2: Better company growth.
Employee engagement translates into better performance, which improves business productivity. In fact, according to Gallup, “teams with high employee engagement rates are 21% more productive and have 28% less internal theft than those with low engagement.”
#3: More trust and a more positive culture.
When employees feel informed about the company, and its policies, procedures, mission and vision, from the start, they’re going to be more connected. Not only that, but with good onboarding, employees are going to feel like a part of the team faster, which can go a long way in boosting retention efforts.
#4: Builds relationships among staff.
Not only does onboarding provide an opportunity for new hires to get to know the company, but their colleagues and other new hires, as well. This forges deeper ties, more camaraderie and stronger relationships as a result. Assigning your new employees a buddy or a mentor during their first days and weeks on the job is just another way you can work to facilitate these positive relationships.
#5: Encourages communication.
When it comes to starting a new job, people are sometimes hesitant to share their thoughts and feedback. An onboarding program, though, provides a perfect forum to initiate communication, as well as help new hires get answers to their questions in a way where they don’t feel pressured.
#6: Attract and retain top talent.
When your company works hard at onboarding and has a positive reputation for doing so, it’s going to impact your recruiting and retention efforts. People want to work at and remain at companies where they feel welcomed, valued and part of a thriving culture.
An onboarding program can help your new employees get up and running faster, as well as boost your company’s productivity and culture. If you need more help with the process, connect with Stewart Staffing. As one of Central CT’s leading HR consulting firms, we can not only recruit top talent for you, but also help with your onboarding and retention efforts, too. Contact us today to learn more.