Retaining employees is one of the greatest challenges in today’s marketplace. While performance evaluations, development plans, perks and more do have an impact on retention, many employers fail to realize that improved retention begins with an employee’s first interactions with a company. A seamless onboarding experience can be one of the most effective ways to improve your overall employee experience. Here are four immediate ways you can improve your onboarding process.
1. Establish A Welcoming Company Culture
Introduce new hires to the company’s culture from day one. Explain the values and mission while also showcasing them in action. Foster a welcoming environment where diversity and inclusion are celebrated. Assign mentors or buddies to help new employees navigate the cultural nuances and provide a sense of belonging. Our WorkTorch onboarding system allows you to customize your dashboard and experience in order to incorporate these elements.
2. Incorporate Structured Training Programs
Develop a comprehensive training program tailored to the specific role and the organization’s objectives. This may include technical skills training, soft skills development, and an overview of company processes. Providing access to learning resources and a clear roadmap for skill development helps new employees become productive more quickly. Our WorkTorch system allows you to upload training materials directly to your dashboard or link/integrate with external materials and/or learning management systems.
3. Create Engagement Activities
Incorporate interactive and engaging activities to help new employees connect with their colleagues and the company culture. Icebreaker sessions, team-building activities, and social events can create a positive atmosphere and build relationships. Encourage participation in company events to integrate new hires into the broader organizational community. WorkTorch allows you to ensure all employees experience this, including remote employees.
4. Obtain Continuous Feedback
Establish a system for collecting feedback from new hires about their onboarding experience. This information can be invaluable for continuously improving the onboarding process. Regular check-ins with new employees during their initial weeks provide an opportunity to address any concerns or questions promptly. WorkTorch allows managers to send automated text campaigns to collect feedback for team improvement.
Regardless of the system or platform you use, creating a seamless onboarding process is a strategic investment that pays off for your company. From increased employee satisfaction to productivity to retention, a solid onboarding strategy can set the stage for a company’s long-term success.