Get your employees off to a flying start

Onboarding is all about first impressions. Is the onboarding a well-developed plan? Then you can expect your employee to stay for a long time with your company. The training programme is vital. The first couple days are crucial to the new employee in deciding whether they are going to stay. So, let’s discuss how you can draw up the ultimate training programme for onboarding!

Getting your employees off to a flying start is important to ensure their social and technical integration in the company. They’ll learn about the organisational culture and history of the company, what their tasks are made up of and what responsibilities they carry. Depending on the position and the company, the training process can take a couple days to a few months.

Onboarding starts before the first day at work. You already send out a welcome message to the new employee and let your current employees know that they’re joining the company. Make sure to show and share your enthousiasm!

A fully-equipped desk also contributes to a flying start. Take care of a working PC or laptop, a phone and login details. It’s important to add the new employee to the system on time, so they can get started quickly. It’s also nice to have a welcome present on their desk. You could arrange for flowers or a card, but it’s even better when it is something related to the company.

The new employee probably doesn’t really know what to expect. So, make sure you have an agenda outlined for them with all the activities on it that they will be involved in. This could be a tour through the office or building, a couple of discussions with colleagues or a lunch. It’s also useful to plan in a moment to discuss all agreements. During this meeting, you could discuss what tasks the employee will need to pick up and discuss the expectations they have for their manager. Communicate as clearly as possible so the new employee knows what to expect.

Don’t forget to ask the new employee for feedback after the first week. Ask about their experiences, what went well and what could be improved. The goal is to find out any obstacles new employees face. It’s a good thing to keep up these conversations regularly!

Depending on the company, the initial training and onboarding might take more than a few weeks. In that case, make sure you keep in contact with the new employee.


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