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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.