Qualities of Effective New Hire Orientation Programs
To ensure business reap the many benefits of an onboarding program, it is critical that the implemented program is effective and consistent. To successfully create a proper new hire process, the following four characteristics must be incorporated.
1. They are Realistic
The program must include realistic information about the company and position. Most orientation programs only want to cover the benefits and positive attributes of a company and position; however, realistic negative components should also be addressed to reduce potential dissatisfaction and ensuing turnover associated with unrealistic expectations.
2. They Provide a Network of Support
The program must provide general support and reassurance to reduce anxiety and stress commonly experienced when starting a new job. This can be accomplished by implementing a mentorship or buddy system where a new hire is paired with a seasoned employee, coworker, or another new hire.
3. They Utilize Checklists for Consistency
The program must utilize a form of documentation necessary to ensure all onboarding topics are appropriately addressed and managers are adequately equipped to orient new hires to the position. To assist in generating a formal checklist, two documents have been created and are available for download in the Entrepreneurship Media Gallery.
The Manager’s New Hire Checklist provides managers with a realistic timeline for acclimating new hires and ensures all department and position-related topics are addressed. The New Hire Orientation Checklist is designed to ensure the orientation leader covers all pertinent overarching organizational components not commonly addressed by managers.
4. They Include Follow-Up Components
Finally, the program must contain a follow-up component to ensure that the new hire feels successfully acclimated to the organization and position. This follow-up also allows the company to gather information on how the overall process went and make appropriate adjustments to fine-tune the onboarding experience for future new hires.