Never underestimate the importance of a positive employee onboarding experience. It is true what they say you never get a second chance to create a first impression so don’t waste this opportunity. This onboarding window of opportunity gives you a moment to create an impression that will stay with employees and build a solid foundation for a successful career with your company.
Use this opportunity to connect with your employees, help them to understand your company culture and values and make it fun! Don’t make it hectic, be creative and do not bombard employees with loads of collateral and information as joining a new company can be overwhelming enough for many.
Statistics compiled by Click Boarding, an onboarding software company, shows the value of a structured onboarding process or program:
- 69% of employees are more likely to stay with a company for three years if they experienced great onboarding.
- New employees who went through a structured onboarding process were 58% more likely to be with the organization after three years.
- Organizations with a standard onboarding process experience 50 percent greater new-hire productivity.
Make it fun, be creative and stand out from the crowd!
The employment process starts from the moment your employees sign their contract, so we why not send them a company pen with their contracts? What a way to remember signing on that dotted line and the start of their employment with you.
Be prepared, make sure that your new employee has everything ready to hit the ground running. There is nothing more frustrating than having no IT equipment for a week and feeling like you are a burden on other employees whilst you watch over their shoulder. Imagine the weekend before you are due to start a delivery arriving to your employees’ home with everything they need for Day 1 and beyond! Laptop, phone & headset are all the essentials but what about adding in the company branded laptop bag and phone case to protect those devices and including other important SWAG like their own personalised notebook ready for the note taking that will take place as they are onboarded.
Make their first week one to remember! In this new world many workforces are now remote so feeling part of the team from that first moment is so important. Imagine, Day 1 Monday morning 10am start with a zoom call with your team sponsored by a company cuppa, make sure your new employee has their company mug which could be stuffed with tea bags, coffee and even a pack of biscuits. Everything they need for their first social with their new team.
These are just a few of our ideas, we wouldn’t want to give them all away here but we would love to know more about your business and how we can help you refresh your onboarding experience. The most important time to focus on the employee experience is during onboarding and we love to help businesses create that unforgettable onboarding experience that will always be remembered. We hope we can help you!?