Gone are the days of the dull and pointless employee orientation. Now, new employees are onboarded strategically by organizations to get them better acclimated to the company and their positions. Entry-level staff members are just as important to the success of your company as your long-term employees, and onboarding is a critical process that integrates those members into your company and the culture that is present. This helps ramp up productivity and job satisfaction levels dramatically.

To get the most out of your employee onboarding process, here are five steps to success with entry level employees:Step 1 – Nail Down the DetailsWhen it comes to onboarding an entry-level hire, make sure you have all of the details nailed down prior to them walking through the front door. This includes:

  • notifying the current staff that a new employee will be starting
  • providing a security badge or key
  • setting up their office
  • making sure their computer works
  • creating their email accounts
  • activating their phone system
  • having business cards ready
  • and much more

Have key mentors identified and an onboarding agenda created in advance.

Step 2 – Recognize the Individual

Onboarding entry-level staff members often happens with more than one new employee at a time. Companies like to have their new employees start on the same date so everything can be handled at once. This makes it easier for the company to track the paperwork that has been filled out and it ensures that the human resources professional handling the onboarding only has to manage this aspect once. When you onboard in groups, you still need to recognize the individuals in that group. Find out their preferences when it comes to being managed. When you individualize the onboarding, you will be able to engage the employees much more effectively.

Step 3 – Discuss Company Policies

It is best to discuss all company policies during the onboarding process instead of letting employees learn things the hard way. For example; if your company recognizes casual Friday, be sure to let the new employees know so they do not show up at work on their first Friday wearing a three-piece suit. Employees will feel more comfortable when they know all of the company’s policies. You should explain all the benefits and perks they are eligible for and at what milestones during their time at the company. Make sure all company policies are posted somewhere in the office in writing or on the company’s corporate online portal.

Step 4 – Make Onboarding Interesting and Fun

New employees do not want to struggle to stay awake during an onboarding session. Instead, try to make the process as fun and interesting as possible so they retain as much information as they can. One way to reduce the amount of information thrown at new employees during the onboarding process is to send them a link to information packets so they can read everything prior to the first day on the job.

Step 5 – Offer a Who’s Who of Employees

One way to make onboarding for new employees easier is to create “a who’s who” of employees at the office. You can post this information on the company’s intranet so new employees can learn the faces and names of their co-workers, supervisors and top management at the company. If you are working with a quality source of entry level candidates, like Casey Accounting and Finance Resources in Chicago IL, you can also prep new hires by providing an overview of the company and key leaders during the recruitment phase.

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