This post was originally published by Conner Burt on lessonly.com.
Employee onboarding time can be a real drag. You want your employees to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible. Improved employee onboarding time has many benefits, such as:
- The reduction of costs that pertain to learning the job
- Save time training new employees
- Reduce turnover while increasing morale
Here are five ways you can reduce employee onboarding time and help your business.
1. Begin with specifics
Many people believe you should start with the basics, but it’s basic knowledge, so the chances are people are already familiar with basic knowledge or it can be taught at a later date. What you really want to do is get into are the specifics. The specifics are full of details and there is little to no room for error. When your employees can put their role into context, the basic knowledge will be of more value to the employees and your company.
2. Provide instant feedback
Forget being the good guy or the bad guy. Business is business and you need to ensure your business thrives and expands to the best of its ability. Expect your new employees to make mistakes. You may feel awkward about critiquing them, but it’s necessary. If you do not provide instant feedback for the employee, you are putting your business and the employee’s job at risk. Putting off feedback gives you the opportunity to set the perfect tone and decrease the chance of the employee failing.
3. Begin as soon as possible
Although it’s the first day of work, employees need to be ready to get down to business and avoid wasting time. The first day of work is similar to the first impression. The employee has a chance to showcase their skills and you have the opportunity to view their work ethic and time management skills by assigning at least one job-specific task.
4. Make good use of company tools
A company that has collaboration tools are the best thing since sliced bread. Tools, such as Yammer and IBM Connect gives new employees a place to call home while are making the transition from being a new hire to being comfortable and familiar with the workplace and knowing what’s expected. Networks, such as the ones previously mentioned, gives new employees a chance to ask questions and familiarize themselves with other employees.
5. Be flexible
A job that is flexible is a winner for many employees. Many employees believe flexibility is overrated bit it’s the primary that employees value within the workplace. According to a recent study, 39 percent of employees have left their job due to issues and concerns with flexibility within the workplace. Take into consideration things will happen spare the moment and be open to a few changes.
Start reducing your employee onboarding time here.