How To Help New Hires Adjust Quickly and Effectively
Recruiting the right person for the position is important for the company. That’s because when you do, the organization grows and flourishes. Unfortunately, many new hires aren’t able to stay long within the company. In fact, some companies lose them right away within the first year. Here are some ways you can help your new employees succeed in your workplace.
Why New Hires Leave
There are numerous reasons why companies lose their new hires easily. It could be limited opportunities for self-development, discomfort with their new role, etc. But, all of those reasons are often mainly because of the unmet expectations made during the recruitment phase.
Because of this, new hires will feel alienated and dissatisfied. This could also result in a lack of clarity about their role in the organization, which eventually affects their performance.
That said, companies should ensure that new hires are given a hand as they adjust to their new role and environment even on their first day. This way even from the start, new employees will already feel that they’re in the right company.
But, how, you say? Here are some tips on how you can help.
Supply their Basic Needs
Just like older employees, new hires need a good environment to work in to keep them motivated and productive throughout their shift. Of course, nothing says “welcome” than arriving at your new office space packed with the basic things you need.
So, before the day you expect your new hire to start, make sure that you’ve already organized their space. Depending on their job, their space should have the necessary items, such as their own PC, log-in information, a comfortable chair, etc.
Taking your time to organize things before they officially start their work in the company will make a huge difference. Over time, it will pay off too as this will make them feel a part of the team even from the beginning.
Provide the Tools they Need
For every company, of course, you use different software, apps, and other tools to help you communicate better and do your tasks quicker. Of course, even your new hires will need it too.
Just as how you prepare their personal space before they start working, make sure that you also provide them with the tools they need to get their job done and communicate better. This includes the apps, software, and other tools that you all use. This way, employee onboarding will be easier for them. Plus, it will also give them a sense of belongingness. It’s the little things that count. Besides, it will benefit you too as your new hires will not feel lost.
Every step of onboarding is crucial for new hires. Because if you miss orienting them about something, it could overwhelm them or the confusion could even affect their productivity. So, before their first day of work, make sure that you’ve already organized everything so the onboarding will run smoothly.
Prepare the handouts or documents you might need, list down their log-in details, make a checklist of the onboarding process, and more. This will ensure that you won’t miss anything.
Introduce New Employees
Working in an environment where you feel you’re not welcome can affect your productivity and performance at work. This is because when you feel alienated, you’ll feel less confident about doing your tasks.
Also, if you’re not sure who to ask for help when you encounter issues or tasks you’re not familiar with, you’ll likely experience errors because no one’s there to guide you. This, of course, can affect our job.
Even the best talents experience this at some point. So no matter how skilled and talented they are in the field, they’re not able to do their best because there are things that make them feel uncomfortable.
That said, when welcoming new hires, make sure to introduce them to the people whom they’ll be working with too. This will make them feel that they really belong and welcome. Thus, making them enjoy their shift more. And over time, this will help them build bridges with their co-workers, which is vital in keeping the organization harmonious.
Provide a Mentor or Onboarding Partner
And speaking of a sense of belongingness, you can also provide your new hires a mentor or an onboarding partner. This will also help with making them feel like a part of the team.
Additionally, having a mentor or partner by their side will help them accomplish tasks correctly and easily. Because of this, you can minimize errors and you’re able to guide them even from the start.
Give Proper Orientation
As a newbie, you also once needed some orientation before you started working, right? Because without proper orientation, new employees won’t have a clue of their roles, as well as what they should expect. Because of this, they won’t be able to function the way the company needs them to.
That said, when you welcome a new hire, allot some time and effort to orient them too. Help them familiarize the company’s mission, culture, and functions, review the company organizational chart, and show them the facilities. This will help them understand their role better and know the ins and outs of the office, helping them do their job well.
New hires need to get working right away. Once you’ve briefed them about the important things they need to know, giving them tasks allows you to see what they’ve learned. Additionally, this will make them feel that they really are part of the team now.
Offer Timely and Constructive Feedback
Errors are normal when one is transitioning to a new role or company. Even the best employees once experience such part of the adjustment. However, ensure that you provide them with timely and constructive feedback. This will help them grow and minimize errors next time they encounter the same task or situation.
Many companies struggle with keeping their new hires as they usually leave even just after a few months. Thus, if you want to ensure that you’ve met their expectations from the company, start with giving them a good experience during the recruitment phase.