Hiring and training new employees is expensive and time consuming, yet too many companies have haphazard onboarding processes. Randstad Canada, the country’s leader for staffing, recruitment and HR Services believes onboarding is the best time for companies to build loyalty and engagement, to provide opportunities to integrate new people into their organization, and support employee contribution.
Leandra Harris, Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Randstad Canada says it’s important for employers to take the time to properly welcome, orient and train new employees. “It is an important part of the employer/employee relationship. Effective onboarding programs promote a number of benefits, including greater employee satisfaction, better job performance, greater commitment to the company, a boost in productivity and increased retention,” she says.
Harris offers three important tips to consider when streamlining your company’s onboarding process:
Be prepared: An employees’ first day is the perfect opportunity for a company to demonstrate the effectiveness of their internal processes, the efficiency with which they communicate internally, and how well tasks are assigned and accomplished. So make sure their workstation and computer requirements are ready prior to their start date!
Provide someone who can be a resource: By choosing an experienced team member with strong knowledge of the organization and of the role the new employee will be undertaking, it will help transfer knowledge, develop new ideas and also help reduce any anxiety the new employee may have when starting the new position.
Check in with them often: The manager should meet with the new employee at the end of the first day, end of the first week, and end of third and sixth months. This is a great way to find out what is working well in the process, what needs attention, and whether the new employee is facing any issues within the company. This is also a great opportunity for managers to provide constructive feedback on how the employee is progressing.
According to Harris, the first experiences of a new employee in your organization are critical. “An effective onboarding process injects a sense of organizational spirit into the new employees and helps them feel like an integral part of the team,” says Harris. “By properly planning and executing an on-boarding program, it will help you retain the existing talent you’ve worked so hard to recruit, and pave the way towards developing motivated and engaged employees.”
About Randstad Canada: Randstad Canada is the Canadian leader for staffing, recruitment and HR Services. As the only fully integrated staffing company in the country, we understand the recruitment needs and demands of employers and job seekers across all levels and industries. Through our insightful knowledge of local markets, employment trends and global network of recruitment experts, we are shaping the Canadian world of work. Visit randstad.ca