How to Create a Good Onboarding Culture

🕒 4 mins

Creating a good onboarding culture is essential for staff retention and maintaining an excellent reputation for any company.

Here are some ways which you may use to create a good onboarding culture:

1. Make Onboarding Simple and Interesting

The employee onboarding period can be quite complex and uncertain. What you can do is consider the experience from the employee’s perspective, and then make an effort to make it fun, interesting, exciting, painless, and as simple as possible. If you do, your employees will feel valued and will be more motivated to work for your company. One simple solution is to send your new hires and email containing information on the orientation schedules, relevant materials, benefit forms and an extensive FAQ about the company. When your new hires are able to access these information prior, the chances of them starting on the right foot is higher and both the employees and employers will be able to eliminate any tension on the first day of work. At Atiom, you are able to store all these information into our library. This means that instead of wasting time to send out emails and attach numerous links and information, what employers can now do is create an Atiom account for your new hires and they will be able to access all the information they need. Furthermore, your new hires will be able to find the information which they need directly instead of navigating around. This saves so much time for both the employees and employers!

2. Don’t Make New Hires Learn the Hard Way

Every workplace comes with its own set of rules and regulations, benefits, and bonuses, nuances, and traditions. Don’t make your new employees learn these things the hard way. All employees (including new hires), should know about every set of rules within the company so as to not embarrass themselves on their first few days of work. For example, if your company observes a “casual Friday” rule, make sure all new employees know this before they show up at the office on their first Friday in a neatly-pressed suit. Additionally, every company offers a range of benefits and perks. They’ll seem even more valuable if you make sure your new employees know about them from the onset. Give new employees an easy way to keep track of exactly what they’re eligible for, and how they can take advantage of these benefits.

3. Make New Employee Orientation Personal

Don’t make day one all about paperwork. Instead, prioritize interpersonal relationships with key colleagues. Consider assigning welcome mentors to each new hire, so they can immediately get a feel for the personality of your organization. Allow the mentor to guide the new hires on their first few weeks and even have lunch together with other colleagues so as to allow them to break the ice and forge close bonds with their new “family”. This creates the foundation for a strong working relationship within the corporate sphere, which is essential for any company to grow positively. You do not want your new hires to go home and think that all they need was filled up 30 pieces of paperwork. You want them to go home and feel like they’ve enjoyed their first day. Setting up a first impression is important to create a conducive working environment that will encourage workers to stay and drive the company. When it comes to documentation, get the key documentation on file in advance or as quickly as you can on day one. For everything else, create an online hub where new hires can find materials as they need them. One such platform is Atiom where companies can store all their information into our one-stop library. New hires can easily search for the materials they need there without fussing around through different sites.

In Conclusion…

The key to a perfect onboarding process and experience is to put yourself in their shoes and understand how a new hire would feel on their first day of work!


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