5 Objectives of Your Company’s Onboarding Guide
All businesses need an onboarding program to introduce new hires into the working environment. Before starting an official guide, an employer first needs to determine how long the introduction process will last, what impression the new hires should walk away with and what role other employees will play. This time is also good for going over employee benefits, including your small business health insurance plan and paid time off. Here are the five objectives that you should follow throughout the onboarding process.
Getting a new job is a major life change. Although your onboarding guide should not function as a sales document, it should nonetheless encourage new employees. A few signs of encouragement are enough to let new employees embrace their new work environment, so your relationship gets started on the right footing.
Any activities involved in the onboarding guide should have some oversight. The goal throughout this process sis to encourage emotional buy-in, establish respect and create trust. This process could last for a few days or several weeks. No matter how long it takes, it should lay the foundation for years of trust between the employee and employer.
Although there is a large emotional component of onboarding, there also needs to be some practical steps. You need to go over what skills the employee needs to learn quickly. This can include training on new computer software or becoming familiar with certain processes. You do not want a new hire to start working without this information or else he or she will sink before ever getting the chance to swim. This is also a good time to review employee benefits to have your new workers sign up for the company’s health insurance plan.
Another part of the onboarding process should involve going over the company’s anti-harassment policies and other expectations. The employer should provide detailed documentation on how every employee is expected to behave. The reviewer should encourage new hires to ask questions before working independently. It is better to seek clarification now rather than after a mistake has already been made.
All of this may seem a bit overwhelming to a new employee. However, at the end of the day, you want the new worker to fully understand how he or she works within the context of the organization. New employees should know how every task works toward a greater goal and what the company ultimately strives for. The onboarding guide is the employer’s way of setting the record straight. It will be up to team leaders, supervisors and task managers to handle the day-to-day responsibilities later on.
A good onboarding guide to produce rewarding relationships for years to come. Companies that require assistance crafting this HR document, as well as any other documentation related to employee benefits, should contact Sackett Insurance. For more information on which HR services can most benefit your business, subscribe to our mailing list, find us on LinkedIn and like us on Facebook.