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How to Get New Hires on Board, the Right Way

October 6th, 2015

You’ve spent hours screening resumes, interviewing candidates and conducting background and reference checks. The hard work is over, right?

No, it’s actually just beginning.

As one of the top staffing agencies in Charlottesville, Adams & Garth knows that oftentimes when it comes to new hires, the statistics aren’t pretty. In many cases, they can quit after just a few months or a year on the job – and you’re back to square one. However, there are steps you can take to get and keep your new hires engaged. And it’s all about your onboarding process.

When new employees aren’t properly onboarded, it’s easy for them to get overwhelmed and confused; the end result is disengagement. At that point, they typically re-start their job search and eventually move onto another company – which winds up costing you a lot of money.

However, when you have a solid onboarding process in place, you can avoid this situation so that you not only hire top talent, but retain them, as well. To help you improve your onboarding process, here are some tips to follow:

Be straightforward about the job from the beginning.

Don’t try to paint a rosier picture than what reality is. That’s a recipe for disaster with a new hire. Instead, when you’re looking to hire, make sure you educate the candidates about the benefits and challenges that come with the job. They can therefore make a smarter, more informed decision about whether the opportunity is really right for them. And when a candidate does accept your offer and join your company, they won’t be blindsided by the challenges of the position.

Be prepared for your new employee.

When an employee arrives on the job and you’re not ready for them, it’s disheartening – which can set the tone for the job. So before their big first day, make sure their office and computer are all set up for them. Also, communicate with your existing staff ahead of time. Send out a welcome email that first day acknowledging the new employee. In addition, assign them a buddy or mentor who can help answer job-related questions and also show them the ropes of working at the company.

Be clear about what you expect from the new hire.

Your new hire should have a crystal clear understanding of not only short- and long-term goals, but also of turnaround times, deliverables, and how their performance will be measured. The better you can communicate these factors to your new employee, the better chance they have of succeeding on the job. This is also a good time for you to ask them about any questions, concerns or issues they may have, so that you are both on the same page.

Be there for your new hire.

It’s important to spend some one-on-one time with your new employee during those first few weeks on the job. These don’t need to be long or overly formal meetings; simply schedule casual get-togethers during which you can discuss progress, problems, and questions.

Do you need more help finding and retaining top talent for your team? Call Adams & Garth. As one of the top staffing agencies in Charlottesville, we have the knowledge and expert team in place to help you find and hire the best people, the first time.

Contact us today to learn more.

Are You Letting Your New Hires Sink?

August 7th, 2012

You just hired a great new employee. But after short time on the job, they seem less than engaged. What happened to the eager candidate you brought on board just a few weeks ago?

As one of the leading staffing agencies in Staunton and throughout Central Virginia, Adams & Garth knows that the problem may not lie with your employee. It could be the result of a weak onboarding process. In essence, your new hires are left on their own to sink or swim.

And the results can be disastrous. Oftentimes, new recruits wind up feeling confused and frustrated, jumping ship at the first opportunity. That’s a heavy price to pay for most employers.

On the other hand, if you can make a new hire feel welcome from the get-go, avoid the boring day-long orientation session, and get them engaged and passionate about the company, then you’ll go a long way in getting them off to a great start…and benefitting your company in the long run.

Here are some tips to help you:

Roll Out the Welcome Mat.

There are certain things you can do ahead of time that a new hire will appreciate immensely when they arrive at work for their first day. For instance, place a welcome basket on their desk, set up their computer and login information, and create a calendar for their first week that includes meetings and/or lunches with key company players and co-workers.

Familiarize Your New Hire.

For new hires, it’s overwhelming to meet so many new colleagues at once and it can oftentimes be difficult to remember “who’s who.” So put together a directory, complete with job titles, contact information, and headshots so your new hire can get familiar faster and feel more at home.

Make Orientation Interesting.

For most new hires, orientation is a necessary evil. But it doesn’t have to be. Look at orientation as a way to get a new employee passionate about the company and its offerings. Also, use interactive elements to turn your orientation into an interesting and engaging process…rather than a snooze-fest.

Focus on the Benefits.

Anything your company does that goes above and beyond the average employer is one of the best tools to foster engagement. So play up your perks. Have an on-site workout room? Give new hires a tour. Offer a wellness program? Review the specific advantages of it. Allow flexible work hours? Make sure your new hires know all the details.

Assign a Mentor.

A mentor doesn’t necessarily have to be someone in a leadership role. It should simply be someone who will do a good job helping a new hire acclimate, answer their questions, and lend an ear and a hand when needed.

Need More Help With New Hire Orientation?

Let us know. As one of the leading staffing agencies in Staunton and throughout Central Virginia, Adams & Garth knows HR has become an increasingly complex – yet critical – function. And we can help you with the all-important task of getting new recruits off to a great start. Contact Adams & Garth today to learn more.