Easter can lay claim to being the best of annual breaks. Less stressful than Christmas and not as lengthy as summer - it hits a perfect holiday sweetspot.
For parents, it offers a host of activities and family events to for kids. It just needs a little planning.
And that’s what’s required when it comes to the handling of new hires. Getting the best out of incoming new hires means understanding of the importance of employee engagement.
It’s an area where too many HR teams are failing. A 2017 global survey of more than 4,000 employees found that nearly one-in-four (39 percent) were dissatisfied with their onboarding experiences.
What is onboarding?
Employee onboarding covers the tricky HR task of making sure that successful job applicants are safely guided into becoming happy and productive employees. To achieve this consistently requires a robust structure and schedule.
But what makes it so challenging is the administrative gap that typically exists between recruitment processes and HR systems. It means the complex interchange of information between HR, hiring managers and onboardees is handled manually - via calls, emails and paperwork.
This is prone to creating a slow, inefficient and frustrating experience for new hires; one which can prove costly for businesses. The 2017 survey found that 19 percent of employees had left jobs within the first few months because of negative initial experiences.
It creates a multitude of problems for a company with increased dropout rates leading to spirallying recruitment costs, as well as demotivated employees having a damaging impact on productivity.
Employee onboarding software
To guard against this requires having an employee engagement strategy to ensure that onboarding processes deliver a stress-free positive and welcoming experience for new starters.
It’s the reason why more HR teams are moving to digital ways of managing employee onboarding; providing them with the tools required to monitor and maintain the best possible experience for onboardees.
A cloud-based system such as webonboarding replaces slow and cumbersome manual handling of communications with automated digital processes. All of the information and documentation an onboardee requires is made accessible via an online portal.
By removing so much of the administrative load, HR teams are able to switch their focus to more productive elements of onboarding - to look at smarter ways to ensure new hires are properly integrated into a company.
Improving new hire engagement
Along with all the essential documentation - contracts, references etc - the online portal allows new hires to receive a whole range of helpful information that can help them to feel a part of the company culture.
This can include anything from helpful guides to help people who are relocating to video messages that personally welcome new starters into a team. By making these available at the start of the onboarding process, it means new starters don’t have to be bombarded with information during their first days on the job.
The power of a system such as webonboarding is the flexibility it provides to customise and adapt this onboarding experience to fit the needs of each business. It gives HR teams the ability to constantly streamline and improve employee engagement.
To help achieve this, a feedback system is integrated into the service which allows onboardees to rate different aspects of their onboarding experiences. It gives HR teams the ability to quickly identify and tackle any problems.
So while people are busy planning the perfect Easter break, it’s worth looking at how your business handles its new hires and ways it can be enhanced. Building an engaging and positive experience for onboardees creates the foundations for a long and productive working relations.
Webonboarding provides a smarter way to pre-board employees into your business - reducing admin time, boosting efficiency and improving employee engagement.