How to keep hold of your hires before they even start

Is your business planning to recruit in 2017? Do you want to get the best and brightest candidates and ensure they really contribute to your business growth and success?

Our research shows that 69% of HR professionals say that issuing contracts in a timely and accurate way has caused them problems. In a competitive job market, can you afford to risk losing your ideal candidate to a counter offer, because the paperwork isn’t in place quickly enough to stop them losing going elsewhere?

Webonboarding can help you manage and speed up the process of taking the best candidates from recruitment through to making a real difference for your business.

One of the problems with traditional onboarding is that it is a manual process, which is a drain on your time and resources, not to mention open to errors and mistakes.

Whilst we’ve seen technology being used to improve efficiency in business areas including finance and accounts, time and holiday and even performance management, it hasn’t really been applied to the onboarding process until now.

Webonboarding helps you bridge the gap between recruitment and a new employee starting in a streamlined way. By removing the manual process and paperwork, it reduces the cost and resources needed for onboarding.

Our research shows that HR decision makers spend 24% of their time on the onboarding process, and more than two thirds said they spent time chasing up successful candidates to return completed or missing documentation.

With webonboarding you can make sure all the boxes are ticked, the communications are correct and you get the right employee, ready to start. That not only helps those doing the onboarding, but also provides a better experience for employees who are about to join your company.

These days, candidates expect to be able to manage job applications and communicate with interested companies online. By using webonboarding, you extend those communications to HR, managers and future employees throughout the onboarding process. It’s a much more engaging experience that helps people feel part of your company from the moment they’ve been offered the role.

And, of course, because everything’s managed online, there’s no delay waiting for contracts and other documents to be signed and posted. Digital signing technology means they can be sent as quickly as an email or text message. So there’s less chance of things being lost or forgotten.

Nearly half (47%) of the HR decision makers we asked said that delays making offers meant they lost their preferred candidate to a counter offer. And even when recruitment has been successful, 45% said that inaccuracies in contract clauses or offer details created future issues for their organisation.

No one wants to lose a great candidate for a job. Nor do you want to spend hours chasing down the paperwork and documentation you need to get them started. By taking onboarding online, you can automate and streamline the process, making it quicker, easier and altogether a lot less hassle to make sure your hires end up working for you.

Prepared for webonboarding by Michelle Nicol, wordstruck.com

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