Before they can start contributing and adding value, new hires need to know:
- What to do
- How to do it correctly
- Who are their key stakeholders
- How they fit into the culture
- How to bridge gaps quickly
Building that solid foundation isn't going to happen by accident. So, who is going to relay this critical knowledge to your new hires and set them up for success?
As Michael Watkins writes for Harvard Business Review:
No one has a bigger impact on new employees’ success than the managers who hired them. Why?
Because more than anyone else, the hiring manager understands what it will take—skills, resources, connections—for [new employees] to become fully effective.
Some managers are organized and well-prepared, setting your new hires up for success. Others are disorganized and haphazard, creating an overwhelming and frustrating experience for your new hires. This disparity is not a recipe for success.
As Watkins recommends, you must establish a company-wide, systematic approach to onboarding to ensure you create a consistent experience for your new hires and repeatable successes for your company. Establishing a process is critical, because research shows that being systematic in the first 30, 60, and 90 days brings new employees up to speed 50% faster.
How? As Watkins points out:
Managers have the biggest stake in onboarding their new hires effectively in the first 30, 60, and 90 days, because integrating new hires is where the real work of onboarding begins.
Therefore, onboarding doesn't end after the Day 1 orientation tasks are complete, such as documentation, compliance training, setting up equipment, etc. Instead, it continues through the new hire's first 30, 60, and 90 days to ensure the critical interactions and activities between the new hire, their team, and their manager take place, so that success is not left up to chance.
Are you looking for a way to orchestrate all the critical activities between the new hire, the manager, and all other stakeholders to create a consistent employee experience and accelerate your new hire's time-to-productivity?
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