Next-level onboarding: How to create a first impression that lasts for year

January 20, 2022

It’s all about making a great impression on your newly hired employees — and keeping it.

It’s become a crucial element for employers when enticing candidates to join a workforce and knowing how to “wow” them when they arrive and keep them engaged.

Research shows that new hires who have taken part in structured onboarding with a positive employee experience in mind see higher job satisfaction and performance levels, along with lowered stress and greater commitment to the employer brand. Companies with effective onboarding can also see improved retention and quicker time to productivity.

As further proof, 69 per cent of employees are more likely to stay with a company for three years if they experienced great onboarding. In addition, according to Click Boarding research, organizations with a standard onboarding process experience 50 per cent greater new-hire productivity.

So, how do you foster that engagement, and when does it start? Ideally, every new employee should be excited from their first day — or even before their first day! Then, it’s about making that person feel welcome by keeping the onboarding straightforward, efficient and user-friendly.

To that end, comprehensive people management technology should include automated recruitment and onboarding and functionality such as payroll, benefits administration, goal creation, performance assessment, and career development.

Best practices to ‘wow’ your new hire
There are 15 best practices when it comes to onboarding new recruits that can lead to passionate, productive team players, according to UKG’s new white paper 15 Ways to Wow Your New Hires — and here we present five:

1. Ensure a seamless transition from application to new hire

Why make newly hired employees complete forms of personal information their first day on the job when they’ve already provided most of the data during the application process? This type of duplicate data entry can lead to frustration and not leave a good impression. With a comprehensive HCM solution, all the preliminary information collected in an online job application is automatically pulled into the appropriate fields within your employee database. You can even provide the new hire with a customized online welcome package.

Source: HR Reporter