How to handle the new hire onboarding challenges of 2019



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You don’t need a crystal ball to identify some of the major onboarding challenges that HR and Hiring Managers  can expect to face during 2019.

One surefire prediction is that Brexit will continue to create uncertainty, contributing to an already shrinking employment pool. The healthcare and engineering sectors are likely to be the hardest hit but high employment levels will intensify competition across the UK recruitment landscape.

But a new year also brings new opportunities - the chance to review your onboarding processes and to look for smarter way to handle new hires and the  challenges ahead. More than two-thirds (68 percent) of hiring teams currently use manual management methods to handle new hires - relying on posted paperwork, phone calls and emails.

For these organisations, there are significant gains to be made by making the switch to a cloud-based management system that streamlines and automates the onboarding process. Here’s a look at some of the advantages:

Need for speed

A combination of low unemployment levels and more flexible forms of work mean that candidates are likely to have multiple employment options. This means that any delays or frustrations during the onboarding process are likely to lead to them switching to an alternative offer.

Webonboarding significantly reduces processing times by removing the need for paperwork to be posted out, all of the communications required are handled via an online portal. It allows the whole process to be completed in days rather than weeks.

Getting to grips with GDPR

The full impact of the EU’s new data privacy laws will start to be felt in 2019 as more organisations find themselves struggling with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). The laws require organisations to have an unprecedented level of control over any employee data that’s collected and stored.

Webonboarding provides a level of employee data control that’s not possible using a traditional approach. Real-time data, integrated reporting and central information management provides hiring teams with the tools needed for GDPR compliance.

Ready for change

With so much uncertainty caused by Brexit, hiring processes need to be agile and able to react quickly to changes. This is something that’s difficult to achieve when hiring teams are using traditional onboarding methods; even the smallest of changes can cause administrative disruption.

Webonboarding’s cloud-based approach is designed to allow for an agile and reactive approach. By automating processes, changes can be easily made - whether it’s honing workflow or quickly scaling up an operation.

Creating an experience

With increased competition, offering competitive salaries will no longer be enough to attract the best talent. Workers also want to know they’re joining a vibrant and supportive organisation, something they can feel excited about becoming a part of.

Webonboarding provides the tools needed to integrate this into the hiring process with company guides, videos and background information helping to convey an organisation’s ‘culture’. It allows for a more interactive and vibrant experience than some printouts in a welcome pack.

Working as a team

One of the onboarding problems that any growing organisation can expect to face is a disconnect between the different elements involved in the hiring process. With multiple offices and different departments, it becomes difficult to coordinate tasks between HR, managers, IT and incoming hires.

Webonboarding provides a fully scalable system that allows collaboration - no matter how large or complex an organisation’s structure is. Each stage of the process is allocated, schedule and tracked, allowing everyone involved to work together.

So if your business is still using manual and paper-based methods to manage its new hires, there are good reasons why 2019 should be the year that you make the switch to an automated approach.

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