Why New Employee Onboarding is Critical – and How to Do It Right

We’ve all heard the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” When it comes to introducing new employees to your organization, those words ring especially true – and take on added importance. Three in four employees determine within the first six months whether they’ll stay with a company for the long term.

For that reason, the process of onboarding new employees has to be done right. Whether in person or virtually, here’s how to make it happen. 

Onboarding begins before a new employee starts

Employers should begin onboarding new employees as soon as they accept a job offer. The idea is to make them feel like valued members of the team right away.

Before their first day, send them a welcome packet in the mail. Encourage their manager and/or new colleagues to reach out with a cordial greeting. Most importantly, stay in touch with your new hire so they know you care about them and look forward to having them as part of your team. 

Have a new employee’s resources ready to go

This process should also get underway immediately upon hire. Have their computer or laptop and business cards ordered, their office space prepared, and company email address and phone number set up. You should also develop and share with them a formal agenda for their first week, which should include lunch with a mentor or team member on day one. Even better, assign them an “employee buddy” that can answer questions and help them navigate their new work environment.

Making virtual onboarding work

Many workplaces have transitioned to hybrid or fully remote environments as a result of the pandemic. No problem – virtual onboarding can be done efficiently and effectively. Have a new employee’s work equipment sent to their home before they start. Have lunch delivered to their home on day one, and arrange a virtual lunch meeting with their employee buddy. You can also create short videos – a virtual office tour is a great idea – that introduce new employees to your staff and organization. Colleague connections are essential to developing a positive work culture, and that becomes even more important in the virtual business world. 

Keep in mind, if employees feel like they’re part of your team from the start, they’re more likely to be happy, productive, and want to stay with your organization – and that’s a win-win for everyone.

Need assistance creating an onboarding or virtual onboarding program that works? Alaant has the expertise and experience to put your company on the right path. Contact us today and let’s get the conversation started!

About the Author

Miriam Dushane

Miriam Dushane, Managing Partner

Miriam is all in when it comes to doing whatever she can to help the Capital District grow and thrive. She is passionate about helping talented professionals find the right job and her work in the community is focused on furthering our area as a center of economic vitality. Miriam likes to garden and care for her pets. She is a member of an adult-only skate group where she rollerblades every week. She loves the Mets! And she is obsessed with vacuum cleaners; she really likes to vacuum and has 6 right now.