PODCAST: How Good Is Your New Hire Orientation?
Poor On-Boarding Can Hurt Your Bottom Line
You just spent a great deal of time, energy, and possibly money, to recruit a new, promising employee. How this new relationship starts will have a lasting impact on the new hire’s success. Just like a first date, it’s important to make a good first impression. Without it, the new person can feel unwelcomed and become disillusioned, which can dampen their excitement and enthusiasm.
Create or update your on-boarding process, by asking existing employees for their impression about their first few days or weeks on the job. What made them feel welcomed? Was their role clearly described? Was needed equipment in place when they arrived? Were intangibles, like the company’s culture, philosophy and business goals, explained well, or at all? Did you assign a buddy they could call on with questions?
Leaving employee induction to chance can lead to unwanted turnover or lackluster performance from someone you expected to be a superstar.