How many of you have started with an organization, your e-mail was not ready, your desk was not dusted, you had to find your supplies and had to get to know the organization on your own. It makes the employee feel that they are no longer special after they have accepted the offer.
For those who are not familiar with HR terminology, onboarding, is an orientation for new employees. I feel its a really important to welcome an new employee when they arrive to the organization on their first day. It’s like welcoming a new member to the family.
I did have an opportunity to create an onboarding strategy at an organizations that I worked for. The process I used was to ensure that their blackberry, e-mail, landline and computer were all set up. I ensured their desks were spotless prior to their arrival. I also provided them with stationery at their desk. Also, instead of giving them an orientation binder to bore them to sleep, each employee received a personalized binder that included a signed welcome letter from the head of the organization and a induction schedule. After numerous feedback from the new employees, they really liked the orientation and felt welcomed to the organization.
I recently found an article about onboarding, How to Build an Onboarding Plan for New Hires.