5 HR Employee Onboarding Questions to Ask Yourself in the New Year
Employee onboarding, otherwise known as organizational socialization, is not only the process by which new team members acquire the information and skills necessary to successfully acclimate to their new environment and culture—it is a fixed period of time. Let’s face it: You have one shot at getting it right. The experience your new team members have coming down the lane as well as the ease by which your staff has in guiding them through the driving range will make all the difference in how quickly they are up and running. It also reinforces their opportunity to feel at home which translates to becoming motivated to be productive members of your company.
There is a lot invested in your onboarding engine which means there is always room for improvement. Let’s take a peak under the hood; it’s time for a tune-up!
- Are you collecting the same data—multiple times?
It doesn’t take an analytics guru to know that entering information more than once is not only a time-waster, it is error prone. Having the means to collect information from your candidates and new-hires from information they already provide on their professional networks or that they enter during the onboarding process is easy on everyone and makes for the seamless transitions everyone is shooting for during the entire adjustment period.
- Do you have a means to collect feedback?
It pays to put yourself in the shoes of candidates and new employees to understand if their onboarding experience was delightful, just okay—or made them feel like getting a root canal would have been a more enjoyable experience. Don’t assume because things are obvious to you, they are obvious or easy on your new employees.
- Are training and mentoring opportunities clear?
Your new employees should know which mandatory training and shadowing events are expected of them as well as optional training opportunities that are available. Having a system that allows new hires to view procedures, handbooks, training videos and more as well as a way of communicating their completion makes the onboarding process efficient and straightforward for employees.
- Are all compliance and benefits requirements provided in a self-service environment?
Any manual steps in the obligatory aspects of employee onboarding are opportunities for automation, accuracy and overall improvement. Self-service access to HR data makes employees feel empowered while minimizing data entry work for HR staff. More importantly, it offers increased accuracy, due to the ability of self-service systems to require certain information as well as recognize and catch certain types of data entry errors.
- Is your new employee in a state of confusion or working from a point of clarity?
A new employee cannot know what they don’t know. Providing a means to access information necessary to make their way around the organization, network with the right individuals and ultimately do their job can never be taken for granted. Having a system where employees can be self-sufficient in locating this information empowers them earlier on and gears them up for long-term success.
Onboarding new employees doesn’t have to require mounds of paperwork. EPAY’s automated HR onboarding software gets new hires ready for work at lightning speed!
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