15 Jan Why is a Formal Onboarding Process Important?
Does your company use a structured onboarding protocol? If you don’t, you’re not alone. Like most business owners, you have a lot of things on your plate. Onboarding may not seem like a priority. In many businesses, it consists of a short orientation meeting followed by reams of forms for the new hire to complete. Then the new employee is sent to their manager for training.
Consider revamping your onboarding protocol. You have much to gain. A well-designed onboarding process has many benefits:
- Employees get up to speed quicker
- Employees are more productive
- Employees develop better time and attendance habits
- Increased company unity
- Lower employee turnover
What can onboarding include?
- Workplace tour
- Company policies and procedures
- Time and attendance instructions
- Payroll instructions
- Benefits enrollment
Note that we didn’t include training. We are referring to tasks common to most organizations.
Some companies are using employee onboarding software to automate some of the tasks. Employees are directed to the company onboarding website before their first day onsite. In the onboarding portal, they are given an introduction. They are introduced to policies and procedures. They are able to fill out the necessary forms.
The advantages of advance online onboarding:
- New employees can study the material in a familiar environment
- Employees don’t feel pressured to complete it quickly because a supervisor is waiting
- It lightens the load on managers and HR staff
- Managers can track progress
Note: Employers are required by law to pay employees for time spent onboarding and training.
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