So, you had a successful recruitment process with a labour hire or employment agency and managed to find the perfect candidate. Excellent news, but now what is the next step in integrating your new employee into the company? In our experience within the recruitment industry, we recommend checking these four tips to ensure a new hire can reach their potential.
1. A thorough induction
Even if your new hire is already experienced in the industry, do not ignore the induction process. Many minor and preventable transition problems occur from an incomplete, or non-existent induction. A good induction covers a thorough overview of the business and the employee’s new position and related duties. Some companies also include safety training or procedures in this process. The induction process doesn’t have to a complex system and could as easily be a well-devised employee handbook. For more complicated businesses, one-on-one inductions or even group orientations are more useful. While the time spent might initially appear to be wasteful, a better, more prepared employee create an immediate increase in productivity for the businesses.
2. On-the-job Training
Do not neglect on-the-job training for any position, particularly is the position is complex or newly-created. Even experienced individuals can benefit from refreshers and instruction on particular company specifics. Ideally, a new hire should potentially ‘shadow’ a current employee, with initial tasks conducted under the supervision of a knowledgeable employee.
3. Administrative Details
Although no one enjoys paperwork, it is best to get things completed as soon as possible. There is nothing more irritating than an administrative holdup regarding security access, payroll details or even simple taxes or employment paperwork. Completing as much of the administrative tasks in advance can also create a smoother process when the employee arrives, allowing the new hire to start doing their best work instead of worrying about administrative tasks.
4. A Warm Welcome
While there is always an adjustment period, ensuring your new hire is warmly welcomed goes a long way to developing a great company/employee relationship. It is also important that the employee knows the available lines of communication, and who should be addressed when different issues arise. Many companies find that a hierarchy of internal company positions can give new hires a visual method to understand the company structure and how it functions.