Onboarding begins on day one and can make or break a new hire’s experience with a company. It also sets the tone for their level of productivity and caliber of work done. These first days with a company are crucial to the success of a new employee, so here are some things to consider in order to get the most out of an onboarding system.

1. Immerse new hires immediately

75% of employees voluntarily quit their jobs because they don’t feel they fit the company culture, and a lot of this turnover happens within the first 45 days of employment. One of the biggest hurdles to successful onboarding is cultural unfamiliarity. The good news is that there are a few proactive steps that can be taken to make the process of cultural acclimation easier.

Think about ways to reduce the stress on your new hire. Have their workspace set up before they arrive so they feel like they are welcome in their new workplace. Encourage existing employees to send welcome emails or notes to the new hire, introducing themselves, so the new hires have some basic information about their coworkers and supervisors. Make sure they are on the invite list for company events, whether it’s a happy hour or a company potluck in their first few days of employment. Nothing makes an employee feel disengaged like being excluded, however accidentally, from workplace events.

2. Develop skills early on

89% of new hires say they feel like they’ve developed the skillset to do their jobs at a highly proficient level, which also reflects the skills gap seen in many industries. Employees who feel unprepared are less likely to feel successful and engaged in their new workplace.

Start on day one with clear expectations of the skills required in the long term, but also make it clear that there is help to get there. Help new hires find the resources they need to be successful employees. Does the company have a mentorship program? Set the new hire up with a mentor so they can have their questions answered. Classes, either in person or through an LMS are also ways to help new and existing employees develop the skillsets needed to be quality members of the team.

3. Consider Automation

When people think of onboarding, one of the first things to come to mind is a mountain of paperwork for both new hires and the HR team. It’s a mess to file and a mess to fill out and there’s a large margin for error. Automating the onboarding process means that there is less time spent filling out and filing paperwork and more time for the new hire to get used to their new job.

BirdDogHR Onboarding offers a solution for your onboarding need by providing a platform to automate the process of filling out paperwork to help reduce the stress on HR professionals, all while giving companies the tools to remain compliant with EEO and OFCCP standards. Contact our team today to get more information or schedule a demo.