On-boarding – All Aboard!
Does your on-boarding process work for new hires? New employees…they bring energy, new ideas and complications. Will they assimilate? Can they add to the bottom line? How quickly will they add value to your organization?
Even more questions come to mind, thinking about on-boarding. When will you know what they’ve bought in to your organization’s vision, culture and values? Will they get along with other employees? Do you they pull their weight?
As a manager, it’s hard to admit, but the answers to most of these questions lie at my feet. Human Capital is one of the largest expenses a company faces. It’s also the key to organizational growth and success.
How we plan and prepare for new employees is key to our very own success. Nevertheless, we often let it fall by the wayside. As a result, we may lose valuable employees. Our turnover rate skyrockets and employee engagement plummets.
Taking the time to develop an on-boarding program gets in the way of our “real job”. However, if it is done effectively and includes the right elements, it will result in more engaged employees.
There are a variety of methods to deliver on-boarding programs. For instance, organizations can use technology, mentoring, classroom setting or a combination of methods. Whatever they choose should reflect the corporate culture and include the following:
- New hire paperwork, including legal and policy documents
- Organization profile, including mission/vision/values, culture, organizational chart, employee directory, tour of the facility
- Work group introductions, including meeting with supervisors and coworkers, office etiquette, and process operations
If you’re taking the time to read this, you must be wondering why I care. I work for a Commercial Real Estate Tenant Representation firm. In other words, why would care about your organization’s on-boarding process?
Simply put, space matters. It has an impact on your culture, the way you communicate your mission and values, how quickly new employees learn the ropes, how employees communicate with one another. In addition, if they feel isolated they will not be engaged. If your space is throwing up road blocks, it’s time to re-evaluate. The solution may be as simple as re-organizing work stations or it may mean finding new space. Either way, Found Advisors is here to help.