Does your company currently have a structured onboarding plan for new employees? Implementing an effective induction plan can significantly impact the initial impression and productivity of new hires. Here are some steps to develop an induction plan for your business:
1. Assign a “buddy” or trainer: Identify key employees who can serve as mentors or trainers for the new employee. These individuals should be knowledgeable about the company and their specific roles. Be proactive in allocating time and resources to ensure the buddy can effectively train the new hire to be productive as quickly as possible.
2. Create a checklist: Prepare a checklist of essential items that should be ready for the new employee on their first day. This may include a computer, email account setup, locker, uniforms, phone, supplies, a clean desk, and a clean truck (if applicable).
3. Provide access to necessary resources: Ensure that the new hire has access to training materials, safety rules, passwords, and any other necessary resources. This will help them get up to speed quickly and perform their duties effectively.
The first-day experience:
Make the new employee feel valued and taken care of. Imagine the difference between arriving to hear, “Oh, is today your first day? Let’s find you a place to work,” versus hearing, “Here is your clean desk and your email account is set up. Let me introduce you to the team and ensure you have a great first impression.”
Consider organizing a social event: Depending on the significance of the hire, consider arranging a social event for the team to meet and greet the new member. This will help foster a sense of camaraderie and integration into the team.
The importance of a structured onboarding plan: When compared to the cost of turnover and the need to replace employees, investing in an effective induction plan is worth it. Not only does it help new employees become productive quickly, but it also improves employee satisfaction and retention.
Start and refine the process: If your company does not have a formal onboarding process, consider starting one. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect from the beginning; rather, review and refine the process after each new hire to continuously improve and evolve it.
Developing and implementing a structured onboarding plan ensures the new employee has a positive and productive start in your company.