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Employee Onboarding: Handing New Hires the Keys to Career Success

You’ve probably invested a lot of money and time into bringing quality employees into your organization. Now, you need to give them what they need to be successful. From the first day, all hiring managers should have a plan in place for employee on-boarding and then building this person from a new hire to a successful employee. When you plan this type of process, you ensure there is a return on your investment in the form of retention and increased productivity.

Successfully Bringing New People On Board

To make this possible, consider the following tips.

  • A new hire orientation week should provide the employee with all information vital to the job. It should also provide training, technology that aids in doing the job, tools, and any other resources necessary for the individual to get started.
  • The hiring manager and members of the management team should do a walking tour of the business to introduce the new hire to key contacts in the organization. He or she should have scheduled meetings with co-workers so a connection can form.
  • Assign a mentor to each new hire. Mentoring is one of the best ways to help the new hire to become established because it ensures he or she has someone to go to at all times.
  • Provide a daily opportunity during that first week for the individual to ask questions and to reconnect. A five-minute meeting at the end of each day works well, plus it gives you a chance to observe the employee at their work station.
  • If there are problems early on, partner with the staffing agency or recruiter to review these immediately. That way, they are tackled during that initial phase rather than later on when it will cost you more.

Creating a Written Career Plan

It takes time for individuals to learn new concepts and skills. Yet, with a career plan on paper, it is possible to establish goals and work towards them– as part of a standard new hire employee performance review process. Draft this up at the beginning of a new hire’s probationary period and use this as a guide to help the new hire meet important career milestones.

Of course, for this type of plan to work, you need to have the right employees for the job. You need to select individuals who are specialized for the positions you need to fill. By working to find the right employees for the job, creating a written career plan for them, and then having a week of training and feedback, you can easily ensure that every new professional you bring on is one that fills the needs of the company and creates a return on your investment.

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Tess Taylor

Tess Taylor is the Founder and CEO of HR Knows

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